Bill Jenkins (politician)

William Lewis " Bill" Jenkins ( born November 29, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American politician. Between 1997 and 2007 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Jenkins attended until 1954 the Rogersville High School in Tennessee. Until 1957 he studied at the Tennessee Technical College in Cookeville. Between 1960 and 1962 he served in the U.S. Army. After studying law at the University of Tennessee and his admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession. He also worked as a farmer.

Politically, Jenkins joined the Republican Party. Between 1962 and 1971 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee, which he was president he was since 1969. From 1971 to 1978 he was a board member of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He also belonged to the senior staff of Governor Lamar Alexander. In 1988, Jenkins was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, was nominated on the George Bush as a presidential candidate. From 1990 to 1996 he served as a district judge in Tennessee.

In the congressional elections of 1996, Jenkins was the first electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jimmy Quillen on January 3, 1997. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 2007, five legislative sessions. In this time were, among others, the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 and the war in Iraq.

In 2006, Jenkins opted not to run again. Then he withdrew into retirement. William Jenkins is married and lives in Rogersville.