NFIB backs 27 incumbent GOP legislators — and Lundberg in Senate District 4

Tennessee’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed 28 Republicans in their primary races for seats in the state Legislature — all incumbents with the exception of Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, who is giving up his House incumbency to seek the Senate District 4 seat vacated by retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Rammsey.

The press release, with legislators listed, is below.

News release from National Federation of Independent Business
The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 28 state legislative primary races.

The endorsements were made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

State primaries are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4, with early voting beginning July 15 and ending July 30. NFIB expects to announce general election endorsements later this summer. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

“NFIB stands with candidates who support small businesses and who are dedicated to protecting free enterprise,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee, noting 13 of the 28 endorsed primary candidates are NFIB members. “These candidates have a proven track record of defending small businesses and promoting a positive environment for small business.”

Endorsements (NFIB members are noted with an asterisk)


District, Name
2 Doug Overbey
4 Jon Lundberg*
14 Jim Tracy*
16 Janice Bowling
20 Steve Dickerson
22 Mark Green*
26 Dolores Gresham*


District, Name
4 John B. Holsclaw Jr.
9 Gary Hicks
11 Jeremy Faison
18 Martin Daniel*
29 Mike Carter

31 Ron Travis
35 Jerry Sexton*
38 Kelly Keisling*
39 David Alexander*
45 Courtney Rogers

46 Mark Pody*
47 Judd Matheny
49 Mike Sparks
61 Charles Sargent*
73 Jimmy Eldridge*

74 Jay Reedy
75 Tim Wirgau
79 Curtis Halford
90 John DeBerry Jr.*
95 Curry Todd
96 Steve McManus*

NFIB’s endorsement is critical to these campaigns. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of these campaigns. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.