I grew up in a tight-knit family in Dayton, Tennessee. My parents are Jim and Shelby Cunnyngham from Dayton. My late brother, Michael Cunnyngham, was the best big brother a little brother could have ever hoped to have. In my youth, I spent a great deal of my childhood on my grandparents' farm in Bledsoe County where I helped my papaw grow pumpkins and tomatoes. My grandparents are the late Ethel Swafford and Lacy Swafford from Pikeville. From attending Rhea County High School through my time in law school, I worked at my parents' business, Cunnyngham Studio in Dayton. Today, I am married to Rachel Cunnyngham. Rachel is a nurse. Our family consists of Rachel, myself and our two dogs - Luna and Oakley.
I am a life long Conservative Republican. I have long been interested in how government works and what can be done to make government better. As an eight year old child, my mother allowed me to go in the voting-booth with her when President Reagan was elected on November 4, 1980. She let me pull the lever for President Reagan. Ever since that magical day I have been been interested in how and why government works the way it does. Today, I am major fan of Mark Levin, the conservative radio commentator. I admire how Mark is able to explain how history and the law relate to today's political issues.
My interest in government led me to study public administration and economics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ("UTC"). While attending UTC, I was honored to be elected to the Student Government Alliance where I had the opportunity to represent the interests of my fellow students. I also interned with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.
I attended law school at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law from 1998 to to 2001. I enjoyed studying business planning, constitutional law, criminal law, employment law, "law and religion," and products liability. I received a partial scholarship for my academic accomplishments in employment law. For my graduation paper, I decided to analyze the religious freedoms of employers. Also, while attending Samford, I enjoyed intramural sports. I served as the captain of our flag football team. On Saturdays I served as the photographer for Samford's football team.
For most of my professional career I have served as an attorney with the Wooden Law Firm in Chattanooga. I have obtained a broad litigation background where I have been selected to represent clients in administrative law cases, appellate cases, complex corporate litigation, civil disputes and criminal cases. A great deal of these cases have been heard in the 12th Judicial District. I am grateful to have been taught how to practice law by some of the best and brightest lawyers in South East Tennessee. Over the past eight years I have tried to give back to the legal community through teaching legal classes for the National Business Institute.
Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy back yard star watching, and I am a ham radio enthusiast. Also, I love movies, especially science fiction. I am a Star Trek fan. I grew up watching the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise on Saturday nights with my family and my friends. Star Trek was inspirational to me because the characters always found a way to overcome obstacles and the television show represented a better future for the world.
Today. I enjoy watching football, both college and pro. I am a Tennessee Vols fan. As for pro football, My grandfather and I used to follow the San Francisco 49ers. I treasure my memories of watching the legendary players of the 49ers from the 1980s and the 1990s. The players knew how to win with class.
Finally, I have attended the Dayton, Tennessee Church of Christ for most of my life. The lessons I have learned from attending the Church have forever influenced me for the better.