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Randy McNally
Sen. Randy McNally.jpg
50th Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Governor Bill Haslam
Preceded by Ron Ramsey
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
January 1987
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
January 1979 – January 1987
Preceded by A. Keith Bissell
Succeeded byDavid Coffey
Personal details
Born (1944-01-30) January 30, 1944 (age 74)
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Memphis ( BS)
University of Tennessee,
( MPharm)
Website Official website

James Rand McNally (born January 30, 1944) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate. He is the 50th and current Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee since January 2017, due to his position as the 87th Speaker of the state Senate. [1] He represents the 5th Senate District, which encompasses Anderson County, Loudon County, Monroe County, and part of Knox County.

Early life

McNally graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1962, obtained a B.S. from Memphis State University in 1967, and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1969.[ citation needed]


Beginning in the late 1960s, he worked as a pharmacist in chain drug stores. Starting in 1978 he was employed as a hospital pharmacist at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. [2] [3]

McNally has served in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1979. [4] He was elected to the 91st through 94th General Assemblies as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was a key figure in the Operation Rocky Top investigation in the late 1980s, when he worked undercover to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtain evidence on political corruption in the Tennessee state government. [5]

He moved to the state senate for the 95th General Assembly in 1987, and has served there continuously since then. He is the former Chair of the Senate Finances, Ways, and Means committee, [6] former Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and a former member of the Senate General Welfare Committee and the Joint Fiscal Review Contract Services Subcommittee.[ citation needed]

McNally was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate in 2007, but fellow Republican Ron Ramsey was elected to that position. On January 10, 2017, he was elected Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate by the Tennessee State Senate.[ citation needed]

Personal life

He is a resident of Oak Ridge.[ citation needed]

Further reading

  • Sandra Roberts, Before Tennessee Waltz, there was Rocky Top. The Tennessean, June 5, 2005.
  • Larry Daughtrey, Lieutenant governor's contest may be a mystery worth decoding. The Tennessean. May 28, 2006.


  1. ^ Schelzig, Eric (January 10, 2017). "McNally new Tennessee Senate speaker; Harwell wins in House". WRCB TV. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Senator James 'Randy' R McNally biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Sher, Andy (January 11, 2017). "Tennessee's new Senate Speaker Randy McNally pledges continued progress". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Ebert, Joel (January 10, 2017). "Ron Ramsey departs, Randy McNally officially becomes lieutenant governor". The Tennessean. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Business of politics changed after FBI sting". Chattanooga Times Free Press. August 27, 2007. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Squabble Over State Spending on Local Projects Slows Down Budget Talks". Missouri News Horizon. April 26, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Ramsey
Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee