Bob Ramsey

State Representative for Blount County District 20

As a lifelong Tennessean and Blount County resident, Bob Ramsey is a dedicated family man committed to serving his community. Before Bob retired three years ago, chance are you or a family member may have gone to or know someone who’s been a patient in Bob’s Maryville dental office, which opened in 1976. Chances are you had a chat or two with the love of his life, Margaret. You may even know his daughter’s Heather and Haley or seen him walking around town with his granddaughter’s.

If Bob is not mingling with friends at trivia night, joining community organizations to pump gas for a good cause, teaching a bible class, speaking to students, neighbors, and citizens about their lives, he spends his time advocating for the whole of Blount. For more than 20 years, Bob has humbly, served his community. As a husband, father, dentist, County Commissioner, County Executive, and State Representative, Bob listens and learns what will help you and Blount thrive while pragmatically resolving the tough issues put before him.

Bob has always recognized that you have to watch and listen to people to understand what is going on. He understands the importance of doing the groundwork and research to gain an understanding of what a community wants you to do as their advocate and representative. Bob knows that in an ever-changing world, maintaining and cultivating the natural beauty and heart of Blount is as important as the growth of Blount. As your choice for State Representative for Blount County, District 20, Bob is always grateful to listen to you and move with your purpose in mind.

Bob's service to Blount

  • Blount County Commissioner, 1990-2009
  • Appointed Acting County Mayor, 2006
  • Tellico Reservoir Development Agency
  • Blount Community Action Agency Member
  • County Mayors Association
  • Emergency Communications Committee
  • Long Range Planning Committee Properties
  • Graduate, Leadership Blount, 2001
  • Martin Luther King Community Choir, 2001-present
  • Partner with Metro Drug Coalition, since 2011
  • Commission Chairman, 1990-1992, 2002-2008
  • County Commissioner Chairman for four years
  • Agricultural Extension Committee
  • Kiwanis Club of Maryville (1976-present)
  • President, Friends of Blount County Library, 1993;
  • Information Technology Committee
  • Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Sponsor, Little River Watershed Association
  • Bible Study teacher
  • Appointed Interim County Executive, 1992
  • Regional Solid Waste Authority (2002-2008);
  • Board member (2004- present)
  • County Executives Association
  • East Tennessee Human Resources Agency
  • Purchasing and Public Service Committee
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce 1976-present
  • 2015 – 2016 participant in United Way of Blount County Gas Day in Maryville
  • Member, Nominating and Reapportionment Committee Member
  • Member, East Tennessee Development District Member
  • Blount Coordinated School Health, past member/supporter
  • 2015 participant in Muscular Dystrophy Association: Lock-up! Blount Benefits

Currently serves in the Tennessee House of Representatives, 110th General Assembly. Appointed by the Speaker of the House to sit as the Chairman of State Government Committee; standing committee member of the State Government Sub-committee, Calendar & Rules Committee, House Health Committee, Joint Open Records Ad Hoc Committee, as well as the Statewide Planning and Policy Council for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Advisory Committee on Open Government.


  • Wall of Tolerance, National Campaign for Tolerance, 2005; Check and Balance Award, 2011
  • Winner TSCA Protecting Local Taxpayer Dollars Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Representative, County Officials Association of Tennessee, 2012
  • Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers, 107th General Assembly
  • Arc Legislators of the Year, 2012
  • Motorcycling Safety and Freedom, CMT/ABATE Inc.;
  • Legislator of the Year, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2012
  • 2013 Legislator of the Year Award, Greater Nashville Regional Council at the TN Development District Assn.
  • TN Assn. of Assessing Officers 107th General Assembly Distinguished Service
  • TN Men’s Health Network 2014 Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award
  • The American Conservative Union 2015 Award of Conservative Achievement;
  • 2015 Disability Hero from the TN Disability Coalition;
  • 2016 Open Government Award;
  • Tennessee Press Association 2016
  • Hand to Heart Award In Memory of The Tanner Lee Jameson Act, 2016
  • Life is Why Award, American Heart Association 2017