Meet John Ray
State Representative John Ray Clemmons was raised on a farm between Lebanon and Watertown, Tennessee, where he learned the value of hard work and excellent public education. He is a graduate of Lebanon High School, Columbia University, and the University of Memphis College of Law.
For over a decade, Rep. Clemmons has been a civil litigator and mediator with the Nashville firm Clemmons & Clemons, PLLC. As a mediator, he has the opportunity to do what he enjoys most - working with multiple parties to find common ground, solve problems, and resolve difficult issues. He also enjoys providing pro bono legal services to local artists and entrepreneurs through the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a program of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.
Before being elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, Rep. Clemmons served as chairman of the board for Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities), now a program of the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee where he was able to combine two of his passions - baseball and public service. He also served as the former president of Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Inc., and he sits on the board of directors for Friends of Sevier Park, Inc., a non-profit he co-founded with other neighborhood leaders. He also served on the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners, as an appointee of Mayor Karl Dean, and the Tennessee Civil Service Commission, as an appointee of Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Rep. Clemmons was first elected to serve House District 55 in 2014. As a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, he has been a member of the Health, Government Operations, Business & Utilities, and Agriculture committees, and has become a leading voice on issues such as transportation, affordable housing, mental health, and women’s rights.
He and his wife, Tamara, are the proud parents of John, Finn, and Henry, as well as Wrigley, their dog. In his free time, he plays ice hockey and cheers on his beloved Chicago Cubs and Nashville Predators.