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Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.)

Chief Deputy Whip

District: 8th District
Political Highlights: Tenn. House, 1977-89; U.S. House, 1989-2011
Born: Sept. 22, 1944; Halls, Tenn.
Residence: Union City
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Family: Wife, Betty Ann Tanner; two children
Education: U. of Tennessee, B.S. 1966; U. of Tennessee, J.D. 1968
Military Service: Navy, 1968-72; Tenn. National Guard, 1974-00
Start of Service: Elected: 1988 (11th term)
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Europe; Western Hemisphere); Ways & Means (Social Security; Trade - Acting Chairman)

Election History
2008generalJohn Tanner (D) 180,465100.0
2006generalJohn Tanner (D) 129,61073.2
John Farmer (R) 47,49226.8
2004generalJohn Tanner (D) 173,62374.3
James Hart (R) 59,85325.6
Dennis Bertrand (Write in) 910.0
2002generalJohn Tanner (D) 117,81170.1
Mat McClain (R) 45,85327.3
James Hart (I) 4,2882.6
2000generalJohn Tanner (D) 143,12772.3
Billy Yancy (R) 54,92927.7
1998generalJohn Tanner (D) 76,803100.0
1996generalJohn Tanner (D) 123,68167.3
Tom Watson (R) 55,02429.9
Donna Malone (I) 4,8162.6
1994generalJohn Tanner (D) 97,95163.8
Neal Morris (R) 55,57336.2
1992generalJohn Tanner (D) 136,85283.7
Lawrence Barnes (I) 9,6055.9
David Ward (I) 6,9304.2
John Vinson (I) 5,4353.3
Millard McKissack (I) 4,6002.8
1990generalJohn Tanner (D) 62,241100.0
1988generalJohn Tanner (D) 94,57162.0
Ed Bryant (R) 56,89338.0
Roll Call Vitals


Tennessee is 24th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. John Tanner has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.