Senator Dolores Gresham was first elected in 2002. She served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for six years. Dolores represented District 94 until 2008 when she was elected to the State Senate. 

As Senator for the 26th District, she represents Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, and McNairy counties. 

She is Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. She also serves as a member of the Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture Committee as well as the Finance Committee. She is the Vice-Chair of the Women’s Caucus. 


Dolores and her husband, Will, both retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. They live on their farm just east of Somerville. They are both active in their church, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church near Somerville, TN. 

In her campaign for the Senate, Senator Gresham was often quoted: “I bring to this campaign a passion for people, a track record of principled leadership, and a history of serving the public trust. I will continue to serve you honorably and effectively.”

Her education includes a Bachelors of Arts degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Master of Arts degree from Loyola of New Orleans, and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

About Dolores

Community Involvement

​Dolores possesses a track record of over 40 years in public and community service. Her experience includes work as a member of several boards: 

  • Director, Fayette Haywood Enterprise Community

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation

  • Fayette County Forestry Association

  • Fayette County Foster Care Review Board

  • Local Workforce Investment Board​

  • Tennessee Farm Bureau

  • Hardeman County Right to Life

  • Pastoral Council, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

Dolores has also served as president of the Board for many different organizations including Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Cattlewomen’s Association, and Fayette Cares. She is a member of the Fayette County and Tipton County Livestock Associations, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, and is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, and the National Skeet Shooting Association. 


Dolores has received several awards throughout her years of community and legislative service: 

  • Citizen of the Year 2000-Fayette County

  • C.P. Boyd Award 2000-WestStar

  • Achievement Award 2002- Diocese of Memphis

  • Legislator of the Year 2004- TN Development District Association

  • Appreciation Award 2005- Fayette Haywood Enterprise Community

  • Legislative Award 2006- TN School Board Association

  • Community Builder Award 2006- City of Oakland

  • Community Service Award 2006- City of Whiteville

  • Legislator of the Year 2007- Southwest Tennessee Development District, Memphis Area Association of Governments

  • Legislator of the Year 2006 – Tennessee School Board Association

  • Education Media Award 2010—TN Society Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Statesman Award 2011—Tennessee Home Education Association

  • Legislator of the Year 2011—Southwest Development District 

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