Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 11/29/1936 (Detroit, MI) Race: White Religion: Baptist Residence: Rogersville, TN Education: BBA in Business from Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN; JD in Law from University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN Occupation: Judge, Farmer Office Type:U.S. House -- Tennessee District 1
Quarterly Campaign Finance Information
Cash on Hand: $247,948
Total Receipts: $147,752
Total Disbursements: $65,427
Date of Last Report: 7/16/2004
Bill Jenkins was born in Detroit, and grew up in Rogersville, Tenn., where he still resides. Jenkins received a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech University in 1957, and a law degree from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1961. He served as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.
Jenkins was elected as a state representative in 1962 and served until 1971. He was the only Republican this century to be the state Speaker of the House, 1969-71.
Jenkins is a former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Conservation and served as policy advisor on energy and legislative issues to Gov. Lamar Alexander. In 1971, he was appointed to the Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors. He served until 1978. Jenkins practiced law in Rogersville, 1978-90.
In 1990, he was elected Circuit Court Judge in the Third Judicial District serving Greene, Hawkins, Hancock and Hamblen counties. He resigned in 1996 to run for Congress and was elected that year to his first term in the U.S. House.
He owns and operates a family farm with burley tobacco and beef cattle. Bill Jenkins served as a Tennessee state representative from 1962 to 1971, including a stint as speaker from 1969 to 1971.
Jenkins and his wife, Kathryn, have four children and seven grandchildren.
Bill Jenkins was first elected to Congress in 1996, and has been re-elected without major opposition since. He had no Democratic opposition in 2000 or 2002.