In the November 2008 general election, Doug Overbey was elected with a solid 81% of the vote to serve as Tennessee State Senator for the Second District (formerly Eighth District), representing Blount and Sevier Counties. As a senate member of the 106th–109th Tennessee General Assemblies, he has proudly served on a number of committees. Currently, he is the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Second Vice Chair of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, First Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Health and Welfare Committee, and a member of the Joint Pensions and Insurance Committee.
Sen. Overbey garnered the public’s support because of the eight years he had previously served for the 20th House district in the 102nd–105th General Assemblies. During his tenure in the House, he served on the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Health and Human Resources Committee, Calendar and Rules Committee, Select Committee on Ethics and Joint Select Committee on Children and Youth. He was Chair of the House Health Care Facilities Subcommittee for six years and a member of the Budget Subcommittee for four years. He also served as Secretary of the Special Joint Committee to Study the Development and Implementation of a Long-Term Care Services Plan and on the Tennessee Court Information System Steering Committee.
Throughout his time in public office, Sen. Overbey has sponsored and supported legislation to keep communities safe from drug offenders, supported the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities, and so much more. He’s also been an ardent supporter of veterans. Specifically, he has supported veteran service officers in each county of the state and sponsored the law that eliminated the 30-day time period required for prisoners of war to qualify as a disabled veteran for property tax relief. He also supported the law that allows property tax relief qualification for all service-related, totally disabled veterans, and, in 2006, he sponsored and gained passage of a bill granting property tax relief to surviving spouses of members of the Armed Services killed in combat.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Since 2003, Sen. Overbey has received more than 40 awards for his public commitment to advancing legislation that promotes health and safety, improvements for people with special needs and for merit in the field of law. He is honored by the awards bestowed to him and feels that his work as a legislator is fueled by the advocacy efforts of those who are fighting tirelessly for positive change. Some examples of his honors include his 2009 Law Through Liberty Award from the Knoxville Bar Association for his contribution to the advancement and protection of law through liberty. In 2011 he received the Community Leadership Award from Leadership Blount, and the Bud Cramer Award from the National Children’s Alliance, both of which show his dedication to community issues, both locally and nationally. See below for a full list of his awards.
Doug Overbey and wife, Kay, live in Maryville, TN, and have three grown daughters and two grandchildren: Kathleen and husband, Ryan Thomas, live in Nashville; Elizabeth and husband, Matt Thomason, and grandchildren Anna and Paul live in Houston, Texas; and, Hannah and husband, Kris Yarlett, live in Morristown.
He graduated magna cum laude from Carson-Newman College in 1976 with a B.A., and graduated first in his class from the University of Tennessee, College of Law, in 1979. There he was named to the Order of the Coif and the Phi Delta Phi, Roosevelt Inn, Graduate of the Year.
Sen. Overbey is in his thirty-fifth year of the practice of law and co-founded the firm of Robertson Overbey in 1982, where he remains senior partner. His legal experience ranges from antitrust and commercial litigation to major transactional endeavors. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, Knoxville and Blount County Bar Associations, has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association, and has been a presenter at many continuing continuing legal education seminars, including annual legislative updates for the Knoxville and Blount County Bar Associations.
Sen. Overbey is a longtime active community member, serving on boards for a variety or organizations. He is also an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and served ten years as Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. He is the only lay person to serve as President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of East Tennessee.
He currently serves on the Boards of Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature , Maryville College, and A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. He is a member of the Sevier County Ruritan Club. Sen. Overbey also holds the rank of Captain in the Tennessee Civil Air Patrol.
His past community service includes two terms on the Blount County Commission (‘82– ‘90), serving as President of Maryville Kiwanis, President of the United Way of Blount County, Chairman of the Maryville-Alcoa College Community Orchestra, Chairman of the Johnson Girls Group Home, and board member for the following: National Kidney Foundation, East Tennessee Human Resources Agency Policy Council, Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, Carson-Newman College, New Hope – Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, Maryville College Board of Church Visitors, Maryville College Civic Arts Center, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Museum of Art, Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, East Tennessee Development District, Success by Six, Blount County Public Library and the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation. He is a member of the 2009 Class of Leadership Sevier and graduate of the 2004 Class of Leadership Blount.
- 2016 Tennessee Men’s Health Network’s (TMHN) Outstanding Legislator
- 2014 Voice of Recovery Award, Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS)
- 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Carson-Newman University
- 2013 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association
- 2013 Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Government
- 2013 Exceptional Public Service Award, City of Sevierville & Fire Service
- 2013 President’s Award, Tennessee Bar Association
- 2013 Appreciation Award, Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference
- 2012 Legislative Leadership Award, Tennessee Men’s Health Network
- 2012 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee CASA Association
- 2012 Policy Makers Award, Tennessee Voices for Children
- 2012 (Inaugural) Legislative Leadership Award, Tennessee Road Builders Association
- 2012 Legislative Award, Arc of Tennessee
- 2012 Champion of Pharmacy Award, Tennessee Pharmacist Association
- 2011 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Men’s Health Network
- 2011 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Nurses Association
- 2011 Bud Cramer Award, National Children’s Alliance
- 2011 Dedication Award, March of Dimes
- 2011 Community Leadership Award, Leadership Blount
- 2010 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Men’s Health Network
- 2011 Appreciation Award, The Hearing & Speech Foundation
- 2010 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Network of Community Organizations (TNCO)
- 2010 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Hospitality Association (TNHA)
- 2010 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA)
- 2010 Legislator of the Year, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- 2010 CPIT Leadership Award, Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers
- 2010 Appreciation Award, Blount Memorial Hospital
- 2009 Appreciation Award, Boys & Girls Club of Tennessee
- 2009 Law Through Liberty Award, Knoxville Bar Association
- 2008 Legislative Victory Award, Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations
- 2008 Excellence Award for Community Service, Saving Little Hearts
- 2007 Statesmen of the Year, Tennessee Optometric Association
- 2007 Appreciation Award, Blount County Local Law Enforcement
- 2006 Award of Appreciation, Silica Justice Coalition
- 2006 Legislator of the Year, American Physical Therapy Association
- 2006 Certificate of Appreciation, Tennessee Supreme Court
- 2004 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Hospital Association
- 2004 Life Safety Award, Tennessee Fire Service Coalition
- 2004 Appreciation Award, Disabled American Veterans Blount County Chapter #76
- 2004 Legislative Champion, Tennessee Association of Retired Persons
- 2004 Outstanding State Representative, County Officials Association of Tennessee
- 2003 Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
- 2003 Appreciation Award, Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee