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Jamie Ballinger

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Jamie Ballinger
Jamie Ballinger and Flag, Tennessee State Senate Candidate
Democratic candidate for
Tennessee State Senator for District 7
Election date
November 6, 2018
Opponent(s)Richard Briggs (R)
IncumbentRichard Briggs
Personal details
Born (1979-04-04) April 4, 1979 (age 42)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Michael Ballinger
EducationThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville (BA)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (JD)
OccupationAttorney and Community Advocate

Early life[edit]

Jamie is a Knoxville native and was born at the old St. Mary’s hospital. She attended public school in both Knox and Anderson counties. [1] She came from a union family [1]. Jamie was the first in her family to graduate college. [1] She is a two-time graduate of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she obtained her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and her law degree with honors [2]. At UT, she was very active in many campus organizations, and served as a UT Ambassador. She was also selected as one of 40 Freshman to serve on the prestigious Freshman Council and was elected to the Student Senate. Jamie also served on the Panhellenic Council and was elected President of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority


Jamie has been practicing law for ten years. For the last four years, she has practiced health care and employment law with national firm, Baker Donelson[2]. In 2017, Jamie participated in the inaugural class of Emerge Tennessee, a program that trains women to run for office and win [3]. She was also named one of the Knoxville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2015[4]. Jamie is active in the community, serving as a board member for several local organizations, including, most recently, the Great Smoky Mountain Association, the Knoxville Bar Association [5] and as Chair of the Interfaith Health Clinic Foundation Board. Due to Jamie’s advocacy for women, she was awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women[6]. She is also the recipient of the President’s Award from the Knoxville Bar Association for her service to the community[7], and was selected as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Association [8]. Jamie is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law where she teaches pre-trial litigation.[2]


Jamie Ballinger is the Democratic candidate for Tennessee State Senate District 7[9]. Ballinger says that she decided to run because she feels that an education and a good-paying job should be our top priority[10]. Notable endorsements so far include Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement and the Knox County Education Association. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee also chose this race as one of their National Spotlight Races to Watch [11].

Personal life[edit]

Jamie and her husband Michael, a former public school teacher, live in Knoxville and enjoy backpacking, UT football, and spoiling their two rescue dogs, Odell and Obi, rotten.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Meet Jamie – Jamie Ballinger". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Jamie Ballinger". bakerdonelson.com. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. Kennedy, Rose (10 May 2017). "Six Who Dare: Emerge Tennessee's Inaugural Class of Democratic Women Candidates From Knoxville – The Knoxville Mercury". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. "40 under Forty: Knoxville's best and brightest – 2015". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. "KBA Annual Meeting – KBA News". knoxbar.org. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. Inc., Slamdot, (30 November 2017). "In Summary: ETLAW's 2018 Annual Supreme Court Luncheon". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. "People and honors: January 3". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. "Knoxville Bar Foundation Announces 2018 Fellows – KBA News". knoxbar.org. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. "Democratic attorney announces run in state Senate District 7, now held by Republican Briggs – TNJ". 12 February 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. "Home – Jamie Ballinger". Jamie Ballinger. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. "Jamie Ballinger – DLCC". Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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