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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4714

Address: 1118 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (731) 588-5190

Address: 406 Lindell Street, Martin TN 38237-2481

Dyersburg TN

Phone: (731) 285-0910

Fax: (731) 285-5008

Address: 100 South Main Street, Dyersburg TN 38024-4663

Jackson TN

Phone: (731) 423-4848

Fax: (731) 427-1537

Address: 117 North Liberty Street, Jackson TN 38301-6205

Memphis TN

Phone: (901) 682-4422

Address: 5384 Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38119-0605

Arlington TN

Phone: (901) 581-4718

Address: 12015 Walker Street, Arlington TN 38002-5322

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Stephen Fincher Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Tennessee 8
  • Born: Feb. 07, 1973, Memphis
  • Home: Frog Jump
  • Education:

    Crockett Cnty. H.S., 1990.

  • Professional Career:

    Partner, Fincher Farms; singer, Fincher Family

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Lynn); 3 children

Republican Stephen Fincher, a gospel-singing farmer from Frog Jump elected in 2010, is a rock-solid conservative. He pays attention to agriculture but concentrates on small businesses and manufacturing as well. Read More

Republican Stephen Fincher, a gospel-singing farmer from Frog Jump elected in 2010, is a rock-solid conservative. He pays attention to agriculture but concentrates on small businesses and manufacturing as well.

Since the age of 9, Fincher made the rounds of the gospel-singing circuit as a member of the Fincher Family, performing with his father, a cousin, and an uncle at more than 100 events a year around the region. (In Washington, he expanded his musical repertoire to play bass guitar in the rock band The Second Amendments with Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich.) He worked most of his life on the family farm, which produces cotton, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Fincher has said he had his own crop at age 12 and was developing budgets at 13.

In 2010, he decided to challenge Democratic Rep. John Tanner. But using the theme “Plow Congress,” he raised $300,000 so quickly, and without any staff, that his presence in the race was largely credited with prompting Tanner to retire. His primary fight against Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn and physician Ron Kirkland became one of the most expensive contests in the country: $7 million was spent in an area with one of the nation’s lowest median incomes. Fincher won with 48% of the vote.

After Tanner’s announcement, Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron decided to drop out of the gubernatorial race and run for the House seat. A farmer himself, as well as a Methodist preacher, an author, and a lawyer, Herron vowed that “No one will out-God me, no one will outgun me.”

Democrats criticized Fincher for collecting millions of dollars in federal farm subsidies between 1995 and 2006. He responded that he needed to participate in the program to earn a living. Despite that, he won the endorsement of several key tea party organizations in Tennessee. He bypassed the traditional campaign rituals of releasing his tax returns, appearing before newspaper editorial boards and debating Herron, whom he derided as a “career politician.” The National Republican Congressional Committee spent more than $250,000 during October alone to help him, and Fincher kept pace with Herron in fundraising, $2.7 million to $2.1 million, respectively. He won a resounding 59%-39% victory.

In the House, Fincher joined the Tea Party Caucus and was among those tied for most-conservative House member in National Journal’s 2011 rankings (he was 63rd in 2012). He supported the fiscal 2011 budget deal that President Barack Obama struck with House GOP leaders in April 2011 but earlier had been among the House lawmakers who rallied on the Senate steps in an effort to force the upper chamber to agree to larger spending cuts. “We were not sent here to go along and compromise,” he said. “We were sent to come up here and lead.”

Fincher later got a bill into law making it easier for small privately held firms to tap public capital markets through initial public offerings. He introduced another measure in 2012 to help the manufactured-housing industry—mobile home and house-trailer makers— contend with some requirements of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law that the industry has complained are overly burdensome. A separate bill of his introduced in 2013 would require states that want to receive full funding for welfare assistance to force applicants to submit to random drug testing. On the Agriculture Committee, he joined in conservative complaints about the regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, saying, “We must cut the EPA’s legs off.”

For his 2012 reelection bid, Fincher raked in more than $2.2 million. He formed a leadership political action committee he named in honor of his hometown, Funding Republicans Supporting Opportunity and Growth (FROG) Jump PAC, that doled out $46,500 to candidates during the cycle. His 2012 Democratic challenger Timothy Dixon raised less than $27,000, and Fincher won 68%-28%.

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Stephen Fincher Election Results
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2012 General
Stephen Fincher (R)
Votes: 190,923
Percent: 68.33%
Timothy Dixon (D)
Votes: 79,490
Percent: 28.45%
James Hart
Votes: 6,139
Percent: 2.2%
2012 Primary
Stephen Fincher (R)
Votes: 60,355
Percent: 86.66%
Annette Justice (R)
Votes: 9,288
Percent: 13.34%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%)
Stephen Fincher Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 21 (L) : 79 (C) 30 (L) : 70 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 15 (L) : 84 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 14 (L) : 85 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 14.0 (L) : 86.0 (C) 16.7 (L) : 83.3 (C) 6.0 (L) : 94.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV99
CFG6989
ITIC-82
NTU7483
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8892
ADA010
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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