State Representative Jason Powell, a native Nashvillian, has deep roots in the 53rd House District. Jason was baptized and attended Sunday school at Saint Matthias Church (now Church of the Holy Spirit) on Nolensville Pike. As a boy, he spent countless hours playing games with his cousins and other neighborhood children at the family’s south Nashville home. He even called bingo at the Windlands South senior residence where his grandmother lived. Jason taught in public schools throughout the district including Glencliff and Overton high schools.
Powell’s character was formed early in life. When Jason was five, his father died. He learned the value of hard work and commitment to faith from his mother, Mary, a single mom and registered nurse who worked long hours to provide for Jason and his older sister, Shannon.
Jason was fortunate to become a Little Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program when he was seven. Bill Davis, his Big Brother, instilled a strong sense of self-confidence in Jason, which impacted his academic, athletic, and extracurricular pursuits as a young man and today Bill continues to be a trusted friend and mentor.
Jason attended Nashville’s public schools through 8th grade before attending and graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy. At the University of Colorado, Jason was elected as a representative to the nation’s largest college student government and walked on to the Colorado Buffaloes football team where he played and lettered as an offensive lineman. He earned a Master in Public Administration from the Institute of Government at Tennessee State University while working as a substitute teacher in Nashville’s public schools.
Early in his career, Jason went to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters to help launch a faith-based program that recruits mentors for children who have one or more parents incarcerated or who are simply in need of a positive role model. It was important to him to give back to a program that impacted his life significantly.
Jason was the director of a statewide student health prevention coalition, the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) for seven years. His work with CHASCo, a statewide higher education coalition of 37 public and private colleges and universities representing tens of thousands of students, took him across Tennessee working with numerous community anti-drug coalitions, local law enforcement, colleges and universities.
Jason was elected to the 108th General Assembly in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 by an even wider margin. He has served on the powerful Business and Utilities Subcommittee and Committee as well as the State Government Committee. Jason led the Nashville delegation as the sponsor of seven bills that were signed into law during his first term. Representative Powell sponsored nine bills during his second term including that nation’s first bill requiring faster public notification of lead found in drinking water. He passed the “Made in Tennessee Act” unanimously and worked with Republicans and Democrats on legislation to improve our state. Jason takes great pride in the hands-on constituent services that he provides for the residents of District 53.
Jason is the Director of Business Development at Freeman Webb Companies, a real estate broker/ Realtor, and the owner of a small family business, Stay in Nashville. Additionally, Jason is pursuing his MBA from the University of Memphis.
Jason is married to Heather Powell, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, and is a proud father of their daughter, Sophie Marcella, and son, Hawkes Lee. The Powell family lives in a home in the heart of District 53 that was once built for and occupied by Nashville’s treasured musical artist, Brenda Lee.
As State Representative, Jason leads with a vision of opportunity for our communities, Nashville, and Tennessee. Jason’s leadership enables our children to learn and grow, empowers our hard working citizens and families to prosper and thrive, and allows our seniors to live with security and well-being.
This is why Nashvillians from all walks of life are joining the effort to re-elect Jason Powell as our State Representative: they can relate to his humble beginnings, proven character and bold leadership.
House Member of the 108th & 109th General Assembly
Member, House Business and Utilities Committee
Member, House Business and Utilities Subcommittee
Member, House State Government Committee
Member, Caldwell-Abbay Hall Neighborhood Association
Member, Cane Ridge Community Club
Member, Crieve Hall Neighborhood Association
Member, Fairlane Park Neighborhood Association
Member, Glencliff Neighborhood Association
Member, Woodbine Neighborhood Association
Member, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, South Area Advisory Council
Member, Tennessee Association of Realtors
Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Tennessee
Former Board Member, Nashville Emerging Leaders
Former Board Member, Prevention Alliance of Tennessee
Former Education Report Card Committee Member, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts
Tennessee State University, Master of Public Administration
(Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society)
University of Memphis, Master of Business Administration (Currently Pursuing)