Mayor Tim Burchett Bio
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett took the oath of office on Sept. 1, 2010, after completing a successful 16-year career of service in the Tennessee General Assembly.
After taking office as Knox County Mayor, Mayor Burchett started applying his experience in the state capitol at the local level by saving taxpayers millions of dollars, and by restoring public trust in Knox County government. He continues to focus on ensuring quality service to citizens, efficiency in government and financial savings to taxpayers.
Entrepreneurship, confidence in the free market, and a desire to serve the people of Knox County are traits that guide Mayor Burchett. They are a large part of the conservative foundation from which he derives his core principles of service, efficiency and savings.
Mayor Burchett attributes his commitment to a career in public service to his parents, Charlie and Joyce Burchett, who were both educators. Mayor Burchett’s father, Charlie, was a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific Theater. He returned home to work his way up to Dean of Student Conduct at the University of Tennessee. Charlie Burchett passed away shortly after his son announced his plans to run for Knox County Mayor.
As a child, Mayor Burchett attended the Little Red Schoolhouse then later attended West Hills Elementary, Bearden Junior High, and Bearden High School. He was a member of the Bulldog graduating class of ’82. After high school, Tim stayed in Knoxville, attending the University of Tennessee and earning a degree in education.
After college, Mayor Burchett started a successful small business, which he operated until deciding to run for public office. He began serving in State House of Representatives in 1994.
In 1998, after serving four years as a state representative, he was elected to the first of three terms as 7th District Tennessee State Senator. During his time in the General Assembly, he earned a reputation as an effective legislator who put honesty, integrity and constituent service above partisanship political expediency. He most recently served as the chairman of the Budget Subcommittee in Finance, and was secretary of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Mayor Burchett also sat on the State and Local Government Committee, as well as the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee.