Richard Briggs (born 1952) is a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 7th district, which encompasses part of Knox County.[1]

Early life

Richard Briggs was born on December 7, 1952.[1] He attended the University of Kentucky Medical School receiving his M.D.[1]and then completed a surgical residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center. He served in war zones including Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq as a trauma surgeon. He retired from the army with the rank of Colonel.[1]


Briggs was elected to the 109th General Assembly. He is 2nd Vice Chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. He serves as a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.[1]

Personal life

Briggs has a wife, Stephanie.[1] He is a Methodist.[1]