Sam Whitson

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Sam Whitson
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 65th district
Assumed office
January 2017
Preceded byJeremy Durham
Personal details
Born (1954-04-11) April 11, 1954 (age 65)
Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Pam Whitson
ResidenceFranklin, Tennessee
EducationMiddle Tennessee State University
University of Oklahoma

Sam Whitson (born April 11, 1954) is an American politician. He is a retired United States Army colonel. He serves as a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he represents the 65th District (Williamson County).

Early life[edit]

Sam Whitson was born on April 11, 1954 in Middle Tennessee.[1][2]

Whitson graduated from the Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1972.[3] He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University,[1] where he joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1976.[2] He subsequently earned a master in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.[1]


Whitson served in the United States Army from 1976 to 2002.[4] He was the chief of staff of the ROTC Cadet Command for the Eastern region in 2002, when he retired as a colonel.[2] He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.[4]

Whitson is the chairman of the Franklin Battlefield Commission and the Carter House State Historic Site.[2]

Whiston defeated Jeremy Durham in the Republican primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives in August 2016.[3] In December 2016, he defeated Democratic candidate Holly McCall.[5] As a result, he represents the 65th District (Williamson County).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Whitson has a wife, Pam, and two children.[1] They reside in Franklin, Tennessee.[2] He is a Methodist.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Representative Sam Whitson". Tennessee General Assembly. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cowan, Jill (January 5, 2016). "Franklin resident plans Durham challenge". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Boucher, Dave; Buie, Jordan (August 4, 2016). "Sam Whitson defeats Jeremy Durham in Williamson primary". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Buie, Jordan (February 26, 2017). "Not in the Army now: Sam Whitson adjusts to hectic life on the Hill". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Tennessee 65th District State House Results: Sam Whitson Wins". The New York Times. December 13, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2017.