Senator Jeff Yarbro is a state senator from Tennessee’s 21st senate district.
Senator Yarbro grew up in Dyersburg – a small town in northwest Tennessee. He attended Harvard University, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in Government. After college, he worked for Al Gore’s presidential campaign from the announcement in June of 1999 through the end of the Florida recount. He attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review.
After law school, Yarbro and his wife Tyler settled in Nashville. After a clerkship with a federal judge, Yarbro has worked as a lawyer at Bass, Berry & Sims, where his practice focuses on civil and appellate litigation, consumer financial services, constitutional law, and government contracts. He has represented businesses, non-profits, and individuals in state and federal courts. Yarbro has consistently devoted over 10% of his time as a lawyer to working on behalf of clients that cannot afford legal representation.
Elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2014, Yarbro represents over 200,000 Nashvillians in the legislature. In his first term, Yarbro was elected Chair of the Senate’s Democratic Caucus. He has served on the Senate’s committees for Health & Welfare, Transportation & Safety, and State & Local Government, as well as the Senate Rules Committee. He also represents the Senate as a member of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
Yarbro has been the prime sponsor of over 30 bills passed by the legislature and signed into law. His legislation on behalf of Tennesseans has focused on a wide range of issues including affordable housing, public transportation, health care access, criminal justice, open data, election reform, and the environment. He has also been a leader in the ongoing, bipartisan effort to expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act and the successful passage of major infrastructure legislation in 2017.
Jeff and Tyler live in the Sylvan Park neighborhood of Nashville with Jack, their eight-year-old son, and Kate, their fifteen-month-old daughter.