Qualifications for State Offices

Governor

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • At least 30 years of age

  • Citizen of the United States

  • A resident of the state for seven (7) years before the next election

State Senator

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • At least 30 years of age

  • A resident in the state for 3 years

  • A resident in the county or district for 1 year immediately preceding the election

  • A qualified voter of the district

State Representative

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • At least 21 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 3 years

  • A resident in the county represented for one year immediately preceding the election

  • A qualified voter of the district

State Executive Committee

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • Shall be a bona fide member of the political party whose election they seek

Tennessee Supreme Court

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • 35 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee 

Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • 30 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

  • Resident of the grand division of the state from which they seek election

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • 30 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

  • Resident of the grand division of the state from which they seek election

Chancellor

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • 30 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • A resident of the circuit or district for one year

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

Circuit Court Judge/Criminal Court Judge

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • 30 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • A resident of the circuit or district for 1 year

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee 

General Sessions Judge/Juvenile Court Judge

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101

  • 30 years of age

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • A resident of the circuit or district for one year

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

District Attorney General

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101 and

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • A resident of the circuit or district for one year

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

District Public Defender

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101

  • A resident of the state for 5 years

  • A resident of the district for one year

  • Authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee

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