ken-snapshotPersonal Information

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Roane State Community College
  • J.D., University of Memphis (1977)
  • M.S., University of Tennessee at Martin (1972)
  • B.A., University of Tennessee at Martin (1969)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Rockwood Civitan Club
  • Member, Dayton Rotary Club
  • Board Member and Former Chair, Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee
  • Board Member and Former Chair, Mideast Community Action Agency
  • Life Member, Roane County Humane Society
  • Chambers of Commerce of Oak Ridge, Dayton, Spring City, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Roane and Scott Counties
  • Gideon
  • Southgate Lodge No. 569 F&AM
  • Baptist

Service in Public Office

  • Senate member of the 106th through 109th General Assemblies
  • Chair, Senate State & Local Government Committee
  • Member, Joint Fiscal Review Committee
  • Member, Commerce & Labor Committee
  • Member, Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, Southern Legislative Conference of the Council for State Governments
  • Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability
  • National Conference of State Legislators Nuclear Workgroup
  • Roane County Executive, 1982-2006
  • Roane County Attorney, 1978-1982

Awards/Honors

  • 2012 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Community Organizations
  • 2012 Legislator of the Year, County Official Association of Tennessee
  • 2011 Legislator of the Year, East Tennessee Development District
  • 2011 Check and Balance Award, Tennessee County Services Association
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Association of Community Action Agencies
  • 2010 Hall of Fame Award, The Bridge at Rockwood, Tenn.
  • 2006 Distinguished Service Award, Roane County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 Republican of the Year Award, Roane County Republican Party
  • 2013 Legislator of the Year Award, Greater Nashville Regional Council
  • 2013 Legislator of the Year Award, East TN Development District
  • 2013, Legislator of the Year Award, Southeast TN Development District
  • 2014 Open Government Award, The Tennessee Press Association
  • 2014 Legislator of the Year Award, TN 911
  • 2014 Good Scout Award, Great Smoky Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2014 Appreciation Award, ETPA- TAPP
  • 2015 Appreciation Award, Tennessee Development District Association
  • 2015 Outstanding Service Award, Scott County Chamber of Commerce