Senator Jim Summerville

District 25
R - Dickson
Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson Counties

District Address
208 McCreary Heights
Dickson, TN 37055-1217

E-Mail Address

Nashville Address
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 302 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-4499

Staff Contact
Jodie Hardin

Personal Website:

Biographical Information

  • Born October 27, 1947, Dickson, Tennessee
  • Married
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., political science, 1969
  • University of Iowa, M.A., English literature, 1972
  • Vanderbilt University, M.A., American history, 1983


  • Adjunct instructor, Department of Languages and Literature, Austin Peay State University
  •  Author, Educating Black Doctors; A History of Meharry Medical College (Alabama, 1983); The Carmack-Cooper Shooting; Tennessee Politics Turns Violent (McFarland, 1994); Southern Epic; Nashville Through 200 Years (Hallmark, 1996); Nashville Medicine; A History (Association Publishing, 1999)
  • Contributor to American National Biography (Oxford 1999), Encyclopedia of Local History (Altamira 2000), and Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age (M.E. Sharpe, 2003)

Public Office

  • Senate member 107th General Assembly
  • Member, Senate Government Operations Committee
  • Member, Senate Education Committee
  • Member, Energy and Environment Committee

Community Involvement

  • 1989—1999: Lead volunteer for the restoration of the Battle of Nashville Monument, which was rededicated in June 1999. The project received the top national award from Save Outdoor Sculpture, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Founder, 1998, the Theodore Association Police Award for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. This honor goes each year to a midstate officer who has performed outstanding and praiseworthy service to his or her department despite a serious handicap, illness, or injury.
  • Former Member: Boards of the Dickson County Higher Education, Foundation, the Dickson County Help Center, and the Kiwanis Club of Dickson County