Parliament of Social Media Whores?

If, as has been suggested, giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys, then perhaps giving Twitter and Facebook accounts to politicians is like…giving Twitter and Facebook accounts to politicians.

At any rate, it’s probably too late now to second-guess the societal cost-benefit breakdown of that particular development.

In the Tennessee Senate, 29 of 33 lawmakers have an account on Facebook, and of those, 14 senators have an account on Twitter as well.

In the House, 60 of 99 total members have a Facebook account, but only 11 have Twitter accounts.

In other words, most state lawmakers have some presence on social networking sites, according to a TNReport survey of the statehouse pack.

Even the Legislature’s elder statesman, Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville, has both a Twitter and Facebook account. Bear in mind, Henry first began serving as a state representative in the 79th General Assembly from 1955-1956, an era when color television was virtually unheard of and a full year before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik.

If this list is missing a legislator’s social networking account, feel free to send us a link and we’ll update it ASAP.

Senate

Sen. Tim Barnes, Facebook

Sen. Mae Beavers, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Andy Berke, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Mike Bell, Facebook

Sen. Charlotte Burks, Facebook

Sen. Stacey Campfield, Facebook

Sen. Mike Faulk, Facebook

Sen. Lowe Finney, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Ophelia Ford, Facebook

Sen. Dolores Gresham, Facebook

Sen. Joe M. Haynes, Facebook

Sen. Douglas Henry, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Roy Herron, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Jack Johnson, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Brian Kelsey, Facebook

Sen. Bill Ketron, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Jim Kyle, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Beverly Marrero, Facebook

Sen. Mark Norris, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Doug Overbey, Facebook

Sen. Kerry Roberts, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Eric Stewart, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Jim Summerville, Facebook

Sen. Reginald Tate, Facebook

Sen. Jim Tracy, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Bo Watson, Facebook

Sen. Jamie Woodson, Twitter, Facebook

Sen. Ken Yager, Facebook

Speaker Ron Ramsey, Twitter, Facebook

House

Rep. David Alexander, Facebook

Rep. Eddie Bass, Facebook

Rep. Harry Brooks, Facebook

Rep. Kevin Brooks, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Sheila Butt, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Scotty Campbell, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Joe Carr, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Glen Casada, Facebook

Rep. Jim Cobb, Facebook

Rep. Jim Coley, Facebook

Rep. Barbara Cooper, Facebook

Rep. Vance Dennis, Facebook

Rep. Linda Elam, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Joshua Evans, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Jeremy Faison, Facebook

Rep. JoAnne Favors, Facebook

Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Richard Floyd, Facebook

Rep. Jim Gotto, Facebook

Rep. Curtis Halford, Facebook

Rep. G.A. Hardaway, Facebook

Rep. David Hawk, Facebook

Rep. Ryan Haynes, Facebook

Rep. Matthew Hill, Facebook

Rep. Andy Holt, Facebook

Rep. Julia Hurley, Facebook

Rep. Curtis Johnson, Facebook

Rep. Sherry Jones, Facebook

Rep. Jon Lundberg, Facebook

Rep. Kelly Keisling, Facebook

Rep. Debra Maggart, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Pat Marsh, Facebook

Rep. Gerald McCormick, Facebook

Rep. Steve McDaniel, Facebook

Rep. Frank Nicely, Facebook

Rep. Gary Odom, Facebook

Rep. Antonio Parkinson, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Dennis Powers, Facebook

Rep. Bob Ramsey, Facebook

Rep. Barrett Rich, Facebook

Rep. Jeanne Richardson, Facebook

Rep. Bill Sanderson, Facebook

Rep. Cameron Sexton, Facebook

Rep. Tony Shipley, Facebook

Rep. Mike Sparks, Facebook

Rep. Art Swann, Facebook

Rep. Curry Todd, Facebook

Rep. Joe Towns, Facebook

Rep. Johnnie Turner, Facebook

Rep. Mike Turner, Facebook

Rep. Eric Watson, Facebook

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, Twitter, Facebook

Rep. Kent Williams, Twitter

Rep. Ryan Williams, Facebook

Rep. Mark White, Facebook

Rep. Tim Wirgau, Facebook

Rep. Rick Womick, Facebook

Speaker Beth Harwell, Twitter, Facebook

  • Shannon

    Judd Matheny’s link takes you to Gary Odom.

  • John Mason

    Your title is very dissapointing, Tn Report & its writiers should consider possibly take a journalism class.