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About John D. Ragan

Personal Background

  • Born December 16, 1948 in Morganton, North Carolina
  • Married, His wife is Liz and they have two children, Amanda and Patrick
  • Southern Baptist
  • Business Consultant
  • Retired Air Force Fighter Pilot
  • Graduate of Air Force Academy
  • Masters in Aeronautical Sciences - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Post graduate and professional studies:
    • University of Oklahoma
    • University of Southern California
    • University of North Carolina
    • University of Tennessee

More than 39 years of experience in governmental, industrial, educational, and commercial organizations. Ragan's military career spanned 24 years that encompassed more than 4,000 jet hours and time in two combat theaters, in addition to ever-increasing positions of responsibility in both management and technical activities. These responsibilities have not only included wartime command, but also experience in managing civil engineering operations, logistics, communications, and police organizations among others.

His civil experience after military retirement includes management duties for strategic planning at a Fortune 100 company, as well as a business consultant to dozens of other national companies.

Community Involvement

  • Video Ministry at Grace Baptist Church
  • Substitute teacher for local school system
  • Fraternal Order of Military Pilots
  • Little League Baseball
  • Youth Basketball

Political Philosophy

  • Conservative Republican

Service in Public Office

  • Service in the 107th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee
  • Member House Commerce Committee
  • Member House Education Committee
  • Tennessee House Representative to National Council of Sate legislatures Nuclear Working Group
  • Tennessee Representative to Southern State Energy Board
  • Tennessee House Representative to House Republican Energy Task Force


I serve:

The People of Anderson County.

Their voice needs to be heard.

My Country

I spent too many years protecting the precious freedoms passed on from our founders, to be happy with the current direction in my nation, state and community. Tennessee government needs to set an example.

My Family

State government is a temporary stop for me. My family's future is in Anderson County, not Nashville.

My God

I try daily to live up to his expectations.

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