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Randy McNally
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50th Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Governor Bill Haslam
Bill Lee
Preceded by Ron Ramsey
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
January 13, 1987
Preceded by Buzz Elkins
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
January 9, 1979 – January 13, 1987
Preceded by A. Keith Bissell
Succeeded by David Coffey
Personal details
Born (1944-01-30) January 30, 1944 (age 79)
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children 2
Education University of Memphis (BS)
University of Tennessee,
Memphis (MPharm)

James Rand McNally (born January 30, 1944) is an American politician serving as the 50th lieutenant governor of Tennessee since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the state senator from the 5th district since 1987, which encompasses Anderson, Loudon, & Monroe counties, as well as part of Knox County.

Early life and education

2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration (25047685638)
McNally giving a speech in 2017

McNally was born in Boston and later graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1962, obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Memphis State University in 1967, and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1969.


Beginning in the late 1960s, he worked as a pharmacist in chain drug stores. In 1978, he began employment as a hospital pharmacist at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. McNally has served in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1979. He was elected to the 91st through 94th General Assemblies as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was a key figure in the Operation Rocky Top investigation in the late 1980s, when he worked undercover to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtain evidence on political corruption in the Tennessee state government.

He moved to the State Senate for the 95th General Assembly in 1987, and has served there continuously since then. McNally was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate in 2007, but fellow Republican Ron Ramsey was elected. On January 10, 2017, he was elected Lieutenant Governor and Senate Speaker by the state senate.

Personal life

McNally is Roman Catholic.

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