Jim Tracy serves as Senior Advisor supporting the Commissioner and all Divisions within the Department. Mr. Tracy most recently served as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Tennessee – working with rural communities to address local issues including facilities, broadband, water, and sewer. In this role he facilitated federal grants and low-interest loans for businesses and citizens. Mr. Tracy’s relationships span all 95 of Tennessee’s counties and his public service spans decades – having previously served as a State Senator, Bedford County Board of Education member, President of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Bedford County Economic Development and Tourism committee, and Chairman of the Tennessee Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business. For more than 20 years, Mr. Tracy owned and operated his own insurance company where he sold all lines of insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agriculture Education.