The General Assembly is made up of the Tennessee Senate and the Tennessee House of Representatives.
• The state is divided into 33 senatorial districts, from each of which one senator is elected.
• Senators are elected to four-year terms with those from even-numbered districts being elected in the same general election and those representing odd-numbered districts being elected two years later.
• That means about half of the 33 senators are standing for election in any given election cycle.
• Re-election to the Senate is constitutionally permissible, as it is in the House, and there is no limit on the number of terms a legislator may serve.
• To qualify for election to the Senate, one must be 30 years old, a U.S. citizen, a state resident for three years and a resident of the district in which he or she is elected for one year immediately preceding his election.
• The partisan makeup of the Senate of the 111th General Assembly is 28 Republicans and five Democrats.
The House of Representatives
• The state is divided into 99 House districts from each of which one representative is elected.
• Representatives are elected to two-year terms with all representatives standing for election each election cycle.
• This is consistent with the practice in all other states with the exceptions of Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi, which allow representatives to serve four-year terms.
• To qualify for election to the House, one must be 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, a state resident for three years and a resident of the county in which he or she is elected for one year immediately preceding the election.
• The partisan makeup of the House of the 111th General Assembly is 73 Republicans and 26 Democrats.
Source: Tennessee General Assembly