Peggy Lambert was elected to the Republican National Committee as National Committeewoman for Tennessee in 2008 and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Southern Region. She is a member of the Presidential Debate Commission, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation; as well as a fundraiser for Little River Watershed Association, Friends of the Library and Pellissippi Community College. She also serves on the board for Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.
Lambert has been a delegate to 6 conventions, and has been named Statesman of the Year for Eastern Tennessee and Republican Woman of the Year for Blount County.
John Ryder is our current Republican National Committeeman and is a nationally recognized expert on redistricting and election law. He has represented Republican in redistricting cases since 1976 and has lectured on the topic nationally. He teaches election law as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law.
John has served the Republican Party in a variety of ways. He has been Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and has served on the State Executive Committee from 1986 to 1996 and from 2002 to 2014.
He has been a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1984, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and an Alternate in 1992. He was a Presidential Elector in 1988 and 2004.
He served on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004 and from 2008 to the present.
While on the RNC, he has served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Rules during all of his years on the RNC. He served on the Redistricting Task Force from 1996-2000 and as Co-Chairman for the Southern Region from 2000-2004. He served as a member of the Temporary Delegate Selection Committee, which rewrote the provisions of the rules relating to the presidential primary schedule.
In 2011 he chaired both the RNC’s Redistricting Committee and the Presidential Nominating Schedule Committees.
He was appointed by Chairman Reince Priebus as General Counsel of the RNC in 2013 and continues in that position.
John Ryder is a member of the Memphis law firm of Harris, Shelton, Hanover Walsh where his day to day practice is concentrated in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He also serves as an assistant County Attorney, where he represents the Shelby County Election Commission. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
He received his undergraduate education at Wabash College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University.
Bill Haslam was sworn in as governor of Tennessee on January 15, 2011. After graduating from college, Haslam returned to Knoxville and began working in his family’s chain of gas stations. The Pilot Corporation grew from 800 employees to more than 14,000 employees in 39 states by the time he left to run for Knoxville mayor. Haslam was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and has balanced six consecutive city budgets, achieving Knoxville’s lowest property tax rate in more than 50 years. Haslam graduated from Emory University in 1980 and is an elder at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
ALEXANDER, Lamar, a Senator from Tennessee; born in Maryville, Tennessee, on July 3, 1940; B.A., Vanderbilt University 1962; J.D., New York University Law School 1965; governor of Tennessee 1979-1987; chairman of the National Governors Association 1985-1986; U.S. secretary of education 1991-1993; elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2002; reelected in 2008, and again in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021; chair, Republican Conference (2008-2012); chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
CORKER, Robert (Bob), a Senator from Tennessee; born in Orangeburg, S.C., August 24, 1952; attended the public schools in Chattanooga, Tenn.; graduated with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management, University of Tennessee 1974; commercial real estate developer; construction company owner; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate 1994; commissioner, Tennessee Finance and Administration Department 1995-1996; mayor of Chattanooga 2001-2005; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2006 for the term commencing January 3, 2007; reelected in 2012 for the term ending January 3, 2019; chair, Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
BLACKBURN, Marsha, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Laurel, Miss., June 6, 1952; graduated from Northeast Jones High School, Laurel, Miss.; B.S. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss., 1973; business owner; private advocate; unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; member of the Tennessee state senate, 1998-2002; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2003-present).
BLACK, Diane, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Baltimore, Md., January 16, 1951; graduated from Andover High School, Linthicum Heights, Md.; A.S.N., Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md., 1971; B.S.N., Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., 1992; nurse; nonprofit community organization fundraiser; member of the Tennessee state house of representatives, 1999-2005; member of the Tennessee state senate, 2005-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
ROE, David P. (Phil), a Representative from Tennessee, born in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tenn., July 21, 1945; B.S., Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn., 1967; M.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 1970; United States Army, 1973-1974; physician; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives in 2006; member of the Johnson City, Tenn., board of commissioners, 2003-2008; vice mayor of Johnson City, Tenn., 2003-2007; mayor of Johnson City, Tenn., 2007-2009; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2009-present).
FLEISCHMANN, Chuck, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tenn., October 11, 1962; B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., 1983; J.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 1986; lawyer, private practice; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
FINCHER, Stephen Lee, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., February 7, 1973; graduated from Crockett County High School, Alamo, Tenn., 1990; farmer; business owner; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
DUNCAN, John J., Jr., (son of John James Duncan), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tenn., July 21, 1947; graduated from Holston High School, Knoxville, Tenn.; B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 1969; J.D., National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1973; lawyer, private practice; Army National Guard, 1970-1987; United States Army Reserve, 1970-1987; state trial judge, Knox County, Tenn., 1981-1988; elected as a Republican to the One Hundredth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, John J. Duncan, and simultaneously elected to the One Hundred First Congress; reelected to the One Hundred Second and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1988-present).
DESJARLAIS, Scott, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, February 21, 1964; graduated from Brown High School, Sturgis, S.Dak., 1982; B.S., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.Dak., 1987; M.D., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.Dak., 1991; physician; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).