Senator Dolores Gresham

District 26
R – Somerville
Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson and McNairy Counties

District Address
16980 Highway 64
Somerville, TN 38068
Phone: (901) 465-9433
Fax: (901) 465-6330

E-Mail Address
[email protected]

Nashville Address
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 308 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-2368

Staff Contact
Linda Klingmann, Michael Maren (Research Analyst)

Personal Website:

Biographical Information

  • Born July 16, 1942
  • Married
  • Catholic
  • B.A., University of the Incarnate Word
  • M.S., George Washington University
  • M.A., Loyola, New Orleans
  • Lt. Col. USMC (Retired)

Public Office

  • Senate member of the 106th through 110th General Assemblies
  • House member of the 103rd through 105th General Assemblies
  • Chairman of the Senate Education Committee
  • Member,  Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member,  Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
  • Vice Chair of the Women’s Caucus, 107th General Assembly
  • 2014-2016 Education Commission of the States Vice Chair
  • 2014-2016 Chair, Education Committee, Southern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments (CSG)

Community Involvement

  • Director, Fayette Haywood Enterprise Community
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation
  • Fayette County Forestry Association
  • Fayette County Foster Care Review Board
  • Local Workforce Investment Board
  • Past President, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President, Tennessee Cattlewomens Association
  • Past Director, National Cattlewomens Association
  • Member: Fayette County and Tipton County Livestock Associations
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Hardeman County Right to Life
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association and National Skeet Shooting Associations
  • Pastoral Council, St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church
  • Member: Tennessee Firearms Association

Honors and Awards

  • C.P. Boyd Award WestStar 2000
  • Citizen of the Year Fayette County 2000
  • Endorsed by Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA)
  • Endorsed by National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Endorsed by Tennessee Right to Life
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) Champion Award
  • Americans for Prosperity’s Taxpayer Hero Award
  • Best Senator 2016 – Tennessee Forum
  • William Baird Leadership Award from Tennessee Independent College and University Association (TICUA)
  • Legislator of the Year – Memphis Association of Governments
  • Excellence in Education – Save the Children
  • Legislative Champion – Tennessee Charter School Center
  • Advocate of the Year – Professional Educators of Tennessee

Senator Dolores Gresham