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Tanner retired at the end of the 111th Congress.

Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.)

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

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Stephen Fincher (R) 98,759 59%
Roy Herron (D) 64,960 38.8%
Donn Janes (I) 2,440 1.5%
Mark Rawles (I) 1,237 0.7%
2008 general John Tanner (D) 180,465 100%
2006 general John Tanner (D) 129,610 73.2%
John Farmer (R) 47,492 26.8%
2004 general John Tanner (D) 173,623 74.3%
James Hart (R) 59,853 25.6%
Dennis Bertrand (Write in) 91 0%
2002 general John Tanner (D) 117,811 70.1%
Mat McClain (R) 45,853 27.3%
James Hart (I) 4,288 2.6%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 43% John McCain: 56%
2004 John Kerry: 46% George W. Bush: 53%
2000 Al Gore: 51% George W. Bush: 48%

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