Qualifying Procedures for United States House of Representatives
How to Qualify as a Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
To hold the office of United States Representative, a person must be at least 25 years of age and a citizen of the United States for 7 years. When elected, the person must be a Tennessee resident.
Candidates may obtain a nominating petition from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections. The first date to pick up a petition is February 7, 2022. (Issuance date may be delayed for some offices until redistricting is completed.)
Each page of the petition should be signed by an election official and may not be photocopied. Additional pages may be obtained as necessary.
The nominating petition must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) voters who are registered in the candidate's district, and the candidate. The signature of the candidate does not count towards the required twenty-five (25) signatures. Each voter who signs the petition must also supply his or her residential address as it appears on his or her voter registration records.
All candidates for U.S. House of Representatives must file their nominating petitions no later than 12:00 NOON on April 7, 2022. This includes candidates who want to run in the August primary and candidates who want to be listed as independent in November.
The original petition must be filed with the State Election Commission, and a certified duplicate must be filed with the Coordinator of Elections. Both must be submitted to 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 7th Floor, William Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, TN 37243. A certified duplicate is a photocopy of the original petition with the words “This is a true copy of the original” signed by the person making the copy along with the copier’s name, title and date. There are no government filing fees. For more information about Republican Party candidate fees, contact the Tennessee Republican Party.
For all primary candidates, a second certified duplicate must be filed by the qualifying deadline with the chairperson of the state executive committee of the candidate's party at the appropriate address below.
Tennessee State Republican Party
Tennessee State Democratic Party
Candidates should contact the Federal Election Commission at (800) 424-9530 or fec.gov for information regarding campaign contribution and disclosure reports and filing requirements. Their address is 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463.