About Kevin Dunlap


Kevin Dunlap was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 43rd district on Nov. 4, 2014.

Born and raised in Warren County, Kevin has been a lifelong resident of Rock Island and the 43rd district except for his years of study at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  He served as Student Body President of the Warren County High School class of 1996 and served as Governor for the Kentucky-Tennessee Key Clubs his senior year.  Upon graduating No. 3 in his class of 400 from Warren County High, Kevin was awarded the prestigious Whittle Scholarship and served as President of the Freshman Council at UT. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration. As a Whittle Scholar, Kevin continued his education, studying abroad in London, England, and working in the House of Commons for British MP Adrian Sanders of Torbay, England. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from University of Tennessee and has been a History, Social Studies, and Civics teacher in the public schools for 14 years.

Along with being a dedicated public school teacher, Kevin has volunteered numerous hours in his community by serving as a faculty sponsor to the Rotary youth service club (Interact) at the Warren County Middle School since its charter year in 2003.  He also has coached youth league softball in the Midway community for several years where he also presently serves as Vice-President of the Midway Community Improvement Club.  Kevin is a fifth generation farmer in the Rock Island community, growing up learning the value and dignity of hard work on his family’s dairy farm. He is a member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Tennessee Farm Bureau.

As the first member of his family to graduate from college, Kevin understands the value of strong schools in our communities and the investments we should undertake to provide our young people with the skills and opportunities to achieve successful and productive careers.

In a recent interview, he expanded on why he feels so strongly about education:

“I have lived the American dream!  I was blessed to have great parents and extraordinary public school teachers that challenged and encouraged me to achieve my academic goals,” Kevin said. “We need new leadership on Capitol Hill that ensures our schools are not testing our students excessively and squashing their creativity, discovery, joy, and love for learning. I have dedicated my professional career to serve as a public school teacher and give back to the community that has helped and given me so much. If entrusted with the honor and privilege to serve as state representative for the citizens of Warren, White and Grundy counties, I will continue my career as a public school teacher and serve as the part-time legislator called for in the Tennessee Constitution.”

Kevin was Warren County Board of Education Teacher of the Year in 2012, McMinnville Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator in 2010, and Warren County Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2006-07. Education, economic development and high paying jobs, protecting our environment, affordable and accessible health care, and Tennessee traditions and values are all key areas of Kevin’s platform. He is also pro-life, supports the Tennessee Constitution’s position that marriage is between one man and one woman, and is a proud gun owner and supporter of our Second Amendment rights as responsible law abiding citizens.

Kevin is married to Laura Smith Dunlap and has two sons – Jackson, 8, and Brooks, 7. The Dunlaps are members of Central Church of Christ in McMinnville where Kevin serves as deacon and has been active as a Sunday school teacher and in the Church’s youth programs.