Ronald Lynn Ramsey (//; born November 20, 1955) is an American auctioneer, politician and lobbyist who served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee and Speaker of the State Senate from 2007 to 2017. A Republican from Blountville in East Tennessee, Ramsey succeeded long-term Democratic Lieutenant Governor John S. Wilder in 2007, who had held the office of Lieutenant Governor since 1971.
|49th Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee|
January 20, 2007 – January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||John Wilder|
|Succeeded by||Randy McNally|
|Member of the Tennessee Senate|
from the 4th district
January 1997 – January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||Jim Holcomb|
|Succeeded by||Jon Lundberg|
|Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives|
from the 1st district
January 1993 – January 1997
|Preceded by||Jim Holcomb|
|Succeeded by||Steve Godsey|
Ronald Lynn Ramsey
November 20, 1955
Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
Sindy Parker (m. 1980)
|Education||East Tennessee State University (BS)|
Ron Ramsey announced that he would not seek re-election in 2016, and would instead retire from politics. State Representative Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) won the primary election on August 4, 2016 to take Ramsey's seat.
Ramsey graduated from Sullivan Central High School in 1973, and later obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, majoring in Building Construction Technology at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He is a member of the advisory board of the Farm Credit Association, a former president of the Blountville Business Association, and a former president and current member of the Bristol TN-VA Association of Realtors. He currently works as a real estate broker and an auctioneer.
He was elected to the General Assembly as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1992, and served two terms. During his time as a state representative, Ramsey represented the 1st district, composed of Sullivan County. He was elected to the state Senate in 1996 and was reelected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
In 2007, Ramsey garnered the support all of the GOP senators and one Democratic senator, Rosalind Kurita of Clarksville, in the vote for speakership of the Senate. He won with 18 votes to 15 for Wilder. He is the first Republican to serve as speaker of the Senate in 140 years. Ramsey appointed Kurita as speaker pro tempore in return for her support. Ramsey was reelected as speaker of the Senate of the 106th General Assembly in 2009 by a vote of 19–14, making him the longest serving Republican lieutenant governor in Tennessee state history, and the only one since the speaker was granted the additional title of lieutenant governor by state statute.
During the 2004 election cycle, Ramsey was one of a few prominent Tennessee General Assembly leadership members who accepted campaign contributions from both the Jack Daniel's PAC and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee PAC.
On March 16, 2016, Ramsey posted on his Facebook page that he would not seek re-election and leave politics all together, dispelling rumors that he was to run for governor in 2018.
2010 candidacy for governorEdit
In July 2010, 20 Tea Party organizations, about half of the roughly 40 Tea Party groups in Tennessee, endorsed Ramsey for governor because of his stances on state sovereignty, health care, immigration and fiscal issues.
On July 14, 2010, Ramsey said that states would have to deal with attempts to bring Sharia law to the U.S.: "But you cross the line when they start trying to bring Sharia law into the United States. Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, cult, whatever you want to call it. Now certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time this is something we are going to have to face."
On August 5, 2010, Ramsey finished third, receiving 22% votes of the total for the GOP Nomination in the state of Tennessee.
|Tennessee State Senate District 2 Republican Primary Election, 1996|
|Tennessee State Senate District 2 Election, 2000|
|Republican||Ron Ramsey (inc.)||36,105||71.5|
|Tennessee State Senate District 2 Election, 2004|
|Republican||Ron Ramsey (inc.)||43,560||65.58|
|Democratic||Wm. "John" McKamey||22,867||34.42|
|Tennessee State Senate District 2 Election, 2008|
|Republican||Ron Ramsey (inc.)||48,774||72.73|
|Tennessee Governor Republican Primary Election, 2010|
|Republican||Basil Marceaux, Sr.||3,514||0.48|
|Tennessee State Senate District 4 Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ron Ramsey (inc.)||55,913||100.00|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "Meet Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey"
- http://utdailybeacon.com/news/2010/feb/18/state-gubernatorial-candidate-talks-campaign-issue/[permanent dead link] "State gubernatorial candidate talks campaign issues in speech"
- Lieutenant Governor Ramsey to keynote graduation, East Tennessean (East Tennessee State University), December 6, 2007
- "Lieutenant governor's contest may be a mystery worth decoding"[permanent dead link]. Larry Daughtrey. The Tennessean. May 28, 2006.
- "Entity Details - FollowTheMoney.org". followthemoney.org.
- "Drink at Naifeh fete courtesy of Jack Daniel's: Lawmakers, lobbyists mingle at Coon Supper"[permanent dead link]. Tennessean. Trent Seibert. April 27, 2006.
- "Ron Ramsey Says Nation Needs Fred Thompson". The Chattanoogan. August 20, 2007. Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey decides not to seek re-election". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090301/NEWS0201/903010367/1009/NEWS02[dead link]
- Sisk, Chas (July 7, 2010). "20 tea party groups in Tennessee endorse Ron Ramsey for governor". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 8, 2010.[dead link]
- Michael Cass, The Tennessean (July 28, 2010). "Tennessee politician's remarks on Islam raise uproar". USA TODAY. The Associated Press. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
- "Lieutenant governor's contest may be a mystery worth decoding". Larry Daughtrey. The Tennessean. May 28, 2006.
- "3) Pharmacists For Life Joins International Boycott" Life Communications. November, 1994.
- "Campaign Finance Reform Bill Fails". Andy Spears. May 3, 2005.
- "John Gregory uses checkbook to promote conservative causes". Hank Haynes. September 3, 2006.
- "Faith Healers: The born-again Gregory brothers worked a financial miracle from cast-off drug brands". Forbes. Zina Moukheiber. October 28, 2002.
- "Campaign gift spat touches the governor". Tennessean. Bonna de la Cruz. October 2, 2004.
- Gubernatorial Campaign Site
- Ron Ramsey's profile at the Tennessee General Assembly
- Ron Ramsey's archived profile as a state representative
- Search the Tennessee Online Campaign Finance Database for records filed by Ramsey
- Tennessee Legislative Bills Sponsored and Co-sponsored by Senator Ron Ramsey
- Appearances on C-SPAN
| Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee