James Kent Syler
Education: B.A. and M.A., MTSU
Mr Syler has been involved in Tennessee politics for over 30 years. Starting as a campaign "sound truck"; driver in 1978, Kent has gone on to become one of Tennessee's most respected political strategists. He managed Congressman Bart Gordon's first campaign in 1984 and his tough re-election campaigns in 1994 and 1996. He served as Gordon's Tennessee Chief of Staff from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Kent has been actively involved with dozens of other campaigns ranging from city council to governor and U.S. Senate. He taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department from 2002-2011.