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William Lewis JENKINS

(1936- )

JENKINS, William Lewis, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 29, 1936; graduated from Rogersville High School, Rogersville, Tenn., 1954; B.B.A., Tennessee Technical, Cookville, Tenn., 1957; United States Army, 1960-1962; J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tenn., 1961; lawyer, private practice; farmer; energy advisor to Governor Lamar Alexander; member of the Tennessee state general assembly, 1962-1971, speaker, 1969-1971; Tennessee Valley Authority board member, 1971-1978; delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1988; Tennessee state circuit court judge, 1990-1996; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2007); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Tenth Congress in 2006.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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