Raised and educated in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Richard has always felt a calling to serve. First, as a helicopter pilot in the Army in Vietnam, and then as an Air Force pilot stationed around the world. 


About richard

Richard and his family have lived and experienced the "American Dream." He was the beneficiary of a top notch public education from Oak Ridge schools and went on to serve in the military. After his service in Vietnam, Richard finished up his college degree in Labor and Industrial Relations at ETSU through the GI Bill.  After working in labor relations he re-enlisted in the military, but this time flying B-52s for the Air Force. Richard flew both conventional and nuclear weapon deployments during his time in the Air Force, retiring after 20 years of service. For the next 18 years he flew planes commercially until he retired to Clinton, where he just celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary with his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer.

Richard decided to run for state representative because he's benefited from all that America has to offer. His goal is to make sure all Tennesseans can achieve their dreams by ensuring the opportunities he received -- a living wage, strong public education, and comprehensive healthcare -- are available to everyone. 

Tennessee and Anderson County deserve the very best — someone who is willing to put people over party. I know I am that person.
— Richard Dawson, candidate for the 33rd Tennessee House District

What he's Achieved

  • Served his country in two branches of the military, the Army and the Air Force. 
  • Worked for Northwest Airlines flying DC-9, B-727, A320, and B-757 airplanes.
  • Belongs to the Military Officers Association of America, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and the Airline Pilots Association. 
  • Served on the Green McAdoo Cultural Center board.
  • Serves on the Anderson County Economic Development Board.
  • Served on the Anderson County Beer board.
  • Served two terms as the chair of the Anderson County Democratic Party. 
  • Serving his second term as the Tennessee Democratic Party committee member for State Senate district 5.
  • Proud father of three and grandfather of four.