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Thelma Harper
Thelma Harper Nashville 2010.jpg
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 19th district
In office
January 10, 1989 – January 8, 2019
Succeeded byBrenda Gilmore
Personal details
Born(1940-12-02)December 2, 1940
Brentwood, Tennessee
DiedApril 22, 2021(2021-04-22) (aged 80)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee
Alma materTennessee State University
Thelma Harper (December 2, 1940 – April 22, 2021) was an American politician and the first African-American woman state senator in Tennessee. First elected in 1991, is the longest-serving female State Senator in Tennessee history.
She continued to break the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to preside over the Senate. She was also the first African-American woman to serve as the Chair of the Senate Government Operations Committee; she held that position during the 102nd, 103rd, 104th, and 105th General Assemblies, and she also served as Vice Chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee during the 97th and 101st General Assemblies and the first Senator to serve as Chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus.
Harper a flamboyant legislator is known as a fighter and also known for wearing many hats both literally and figurative is a Democratic member of the Tennessee Senate for the 19th district, which is composed of a large portion of Davidson County including the urban core of Nashville.
. She began her public service in 1980 when she was elected as Executive Committee Woman for the 2nd district. She was next elected to the city council in 1983 where she served for 8 years. She simultaneously served as the 2nd District Councilwoman and as State Senator of the 19th District to complete her term in the city council.
She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Tennessee State University.
POLITICAL TIMELINE:
Thelma Harper served as a state senator for 30 years. Thelma Harper began her extraordinary public service career when she was selected to serve as Grand Jury Foreman for Davidson County's 5th Circuit Court and
subsequently sought election to the Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Council to represent the 2nd District. For eight years Thelma Harper served as a member of the Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Council. Senator Harper's eight-year tenure on the Metropolitan Council saw her lead the successful fight to close the Bordeaux Landfill via a number of protests and blockades of dump trucks, during which she was arrested along with her fellow community activists. Before the facility was closed she sponsored legislation that enacted to set fair and equitable standards relative to landfill locations. Virtuous Women Book: Voices of Wisdom
She was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
In 2000 she was one of the Convention speakers on day 4 of the convention speaking to "The Al Gore I Know"
KEY POLITICAL LEGISLATION:
Senator Harper has provided a strong, unwavering voice for women, our most vulnerable children, and the elderly. She has passed legislation on a range of causes, including the establishment of a fee waiver to provide students from low-income homes with school supplies and lunches; mandatory insurance coverage of breast reconstruction symmetry for breast cancer survivors; increased legal protections to stop financial exploitation of the elderly by their caretakers; and the safe haven law to save abandoned babies.
She sponsored the legislation that renamed a portion of U.S. Highway 41 in honor of civil rights legend Rosa Parks, Senator Harper has played an integral role in the economic development of the 19th Senate District, helping win passage of numerous amendments to state budgets to benefit the citizens of her district through job training programs, workforce development efforts, and capital projects like the Nashville Music City Center, where she worked to amend Tennessee's usury law to allow Nashville to sell the bonds to build the facility.
The 19th district includes Downtown Nashville, Senator Harper worked closely with 5 sitting Nashville Mayors & 4 Governors. She has been instrumental in some of Nashville’s Historical moments like the Development of the Music City Center, the Downtown Nashville Library and the facilitation to bringing the NFL Titans Football team to Nashville. She was also instrumental in getting funds for Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, and many non-profit organizations throughout the years.
In 2004, when asked by The Tennessean whether the Tennessee state constitution should be changed to say the right to an abortion is not guaranteed, she replied that the issue should not be written into the state constitution. In 1996, Thelma Harper was one of only two state senators that did not vote in support of a bill to ban gay marriage in Tennessee, instead choosing to abstain. Thelma Harper proposed legislation that would rename U.S. Highway 41 as Rosa Parks Boulevard, which was later successfully passed in both the House and the Senate.
COMMITTEES:
Throughout her career in she has served in numerous committees. She was the first African-American woman to serve as the Chair of the Senate Government Operations Committee; she held that position during the 102nd, 103rd, 104th, and 105th General Assemblies, and she also served as Vice Chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee during the 97th and 101st General Assemblies and the first Senator to serve as Chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus.
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