Gary Steakley (R) 15th District candidate for TN Senate

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Gary Steakley  (R)    15th District TN Senate
Gary Steakley • Candidate for Tennessee’s 15th Senatorial District •

P.O. Box 445 • Cookeville, TN 38503 • 

* This biography of Gary Steakley was recently published in the Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, TN on July 15, 2010
I am a native of Cookeville and my family goes back more than six generations. My grandfather founded W. A. Steakley & Sons, a chicken, egg and poultry company that served the area for more than 60 years. I grew up working alongside  my father delivering chickens and eggs to groceries and eateries. I witnessed the struggles of people to make a living then and I see it again today.     The people of the Upper Cumberland work hard and obey the law. I will protect their dollars and recruit new jobs. That’s why I’m running – honest folks deserve someone fighting for them. I feel the area deserves a Senator who will provide a “hands on” approach. It’s time for a change – we must put an end to the family dynasties running Upper Cumberland politics. I bring relevant experience, having managed a multi-million dollar budget in more than one U.S. government agency. Believe me, Nashville is no different than Washington – career politicians just can’t say NO. I can, and I will when it’s the right thing to do.

     Our community faces enormous challenges ahead. Several years ago when I returned to Tennessee, I recognized we were being passed by in terms of new employment. Small businesses are the backbone and know by experience what these owners face. I was the co-owner of a travel agency in the D.C. suburbs for five years and had five employees. At a time when health care was practically unheard of for small business, I provided an HMO. I know the burden of unnecessary taxes imposed on business and have seen these tax monies squandered and used for political favors and paybacks.

     Our state Senator lacks the professional experience to initiate and pursue legislation to help our state’s employment problems. We must identify emerging industries and expanding companies and find ways to encourage them to relocate to Tennessee. We can compete economically for those businesses, and must.

    I decided to run because I have a fresh perspective on the problems facing our state with 26 years of discovering “How Not to Manage Government.” I have worked across the spectrum from Washington to California discovering one universal theme, “It’s Easy to Spend Other People’s Money.” This has to stop and it has to become the theme from the state level through the federal government.

     Our legislature must stand firm and reject the federal government mandates that are in clear violation of the Constitution. We have a right to bear arms – period. We have a right to resist the “nanny state” the government wants to impose on us, wiping out state’s rights and threatening/suing states into submission. We must be a voice for the unborn. We must return to the foundations and values that built this country. We must have schools statewide that teach children to read, write and spell first . It can be done – our schools rank near the top in the state and do so with considerably less funding. And finally, we must put God back into our daily lives and give our children a foundation of principles to carry them through life.


 Family members: Parents, the late Billy and  Jean Steakley; sons, Eric Steakley (recent graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and currently serving as a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Air Force)  and Kevin Steakley; sisters, Suzanne Steakley Buck and Sharon Steakley Thurman.

 Education: Graduate of Putnam County High School; bachelor of science in administration of criminal justice, American University, Washington, D.C.; Crime in Commerce masters program, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.;  extensive law enforcement training programs at the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy, FBI Academy, U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 Church member or activities:  The River Community Church

 Civic/community activities:

Lifetime member, Fraternal Order of Police Executive Board Member Washington, D.C., Lodge IF (1973/1979) Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America (1996/2001) Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association member served as Director for Development of Environmental Crimes Training Program; Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, State and Local Training Programs guest lecturer at the Environmental Law Institute of America author/contributor to Sierra Club Magazine; Volunteer Firearms Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA. served as an advisor to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Political Corruption Investigations, United States Department of Defense 

 Hobbies/interests: Sailing, cooking, reading history, spending time with our family camping and boating.


FBI Directors Commendations, J. Edgar Hoover (1969) Outstanding Performance Award, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Washington, D.C. (1973) U.S. Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award, Deputy Attorney General for Land and Natural Resources, Washington, D.C. (1983) Administrator’s Commendation, William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (1983) Judge Advocate General’s Award for Outstanding Service to the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Sutter, United States Army (1992) Meritorious service Award, United States Department of Justice, Richard Cullen, United states Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1992) nominated for appointment to serve as the Deputy Director for Operations, United States Marshalls Service, Washington, D.C., by Congressman Jimmy Quillen, Tennessee, chairman of the Rules Committee, United States House of Representatives (1991)  

Previous public offices held: 

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C., recruit/trainee (1968-1970) Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C., Detective II (1970-1981) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Enforcement Division, Washington, D.C. Deputy Director/Assistant Chief for Criminal Investigations (1981-1988) U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Washington, D.C., Supervisory Special Agent (1988-1989), San Francisco, Calif. Assistant Special Agent in Charge (1989-1991), Los Angeles, Calif./Van Nuys, Calif. Special Agent in Charge (1991-1995)   

15th District TN Senate Gary Steakley  (R)

Gary Steakley  (R)

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