J. Douglas Overbey

State Senator Doug Overbey, senior partner and co-founder of Robertson Overbey, graduated magna cum laude from Carson-Newman College in 1976 with a B.A. degree and first in his class from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1979, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi Roosevelt Inn’s Graduate of the Year. He received American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Conflicts of Law, and Criminal Law. 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, has been a presenter at various continuing legal education seminars and an adjunct faculty member at the U.T. College of Law. On Law Day, May 1, 2009, Sen. Overbey received the prestigious Law and Liberty Award from the Knoxville Bar Association for his contribution to the advancement and protection of law through liberty.

Sen. Overbey is presently serving his second term in the State Senate from District 2, after representing the 20th district in the House of Representatives for eight years. He has served on the Finance Committees and the Health Committees in both the House and Senate and is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Overbey was first spotlighted in the General Assembly for his leadership and work on legislation requiring smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in long term care facilities after two tragic nursing home fires occurred in the state. He also headlined legislative action by successfully passing a major medical malpractice reform bill.

Since that time, Sen. Overbey has continued to be known for passage of many thoughtful laws that positively impact the state, including legislation passed each year since 2010 to prevent catastrophic cuts to Tennessee hospitals, a new law providing assistance to homeowners who are about to lose their homes due to non-payment, and an innovative job growth bill creating the TNInvestco program that has become a model for other states and helps provide investment capital to small and start-up businesses. He is an ardent supporter of veterans and known for his efforts to assist and improve services for Tennesseans who need specialized care as a result of intellectual disability, mental illness, or addictions.

Sen. Overbey currently serves on the boards. A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, SunTrust Bank of East Tennessee Advisory Board, and was formerly a member of the board of Maryville College. He is a member of the Sevier County Ruritan Club, 2009 Class of Leadership Sevier, and 2004 Class of Leadership Blount. Sen. Overbey also holds the rank of Major in the Tennessee Civil Air Patrol.

Sen. Overbey has been active in the community for many years, having served two terms on the Blount County Commission (82-90), President of Maryville Kiwanis, President of the United Way of Blount County, Chairman of Maryville-Alcoa College Community Orchestra, Chairman of the Johnson Girls Group Home, and board member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Knoxville Museum of Art.

In recognition of his work in the Tennessee General Assembly, Sen. Overbey has been named or received:

  • Legislator of the Year Award, National Alliance for Mental Illness, 2010 and 2015
  • Legislative Award, Tennessee Cancer Coalition, 2015
  • “Good Guy” Award, Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative, 2015
  • EPIC “Heavy Hitter Award” 2015
  • Legislator of the Year, Tennessee Mental Health Association 2014
  • Carson Newman University Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012-2013
  • Henry Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 2013
  • President’s Award, Tennessee Bar Association, 2013

Sen. Overbey and wife, Kay, live in Maryville, Tennessee, have three daughters and two grandchildren, and are active members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. And he’s an all-around good guy.


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University of Tennessee – J.D., 1979
Carson Newman College – B.A., 1976, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Tennessee, 1979
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995


Knoxville Bar Association
Blount County Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association