About Rep. Keisling

A Brief Biography

Personal Life

Born in 1951 in Albany, KY, Kelly was raised and educated in our Tennessee public school system, graduating from Pickett County High in 1969. Following graduation, he immediately was accepted to Belmont University in Nashville and attended until mid-way though his junior year. By then his father had formed Byrdstown Builders Supply and Kelly decided to join him in business. 

He has been married to his wife, Janet, for 40 years and they have three adult children and seven wonderful grandchildren. They are members of Etter Baptist Church in Byrdstown where Janet serves as assistant pianist and Kelly serves as assistant song leader. 

Kelly is president of Keisling Insurance Agency on Byrdstown. They celebrate 26 years of business in 2012. 


Public Office

In 1994, Rep. Keisling was elected Pickett County Executive, serving one term. During that period he was instrumental in helping to recruit over 500 new jobs to his community. His leadership lead to the development of the county's first policy and procedure manual, employee handbook and purchase ordering system. In 2010, Kelly began his campaign for the 38th Legislative district, facing a 26 year democratic incumbent. Through hard work, a great support stall of volunteers and assistance from our state Republican Party, he was successful in becoming the first GOP representative in nearly three decades from the 38th district. He currently serves as a member of the 107th general assembly on both the House Agriculture and Transportation Committees. In his first year (2011), Kelly sponsored or co-sponsored a total of 27 bills while providing needed services to his constituents. 
Community Involvement 
Rep. Keisling is a past board member of both the Upper Cumberland Development Districts and the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.
Currently he serves on the board of directors of the Children's Center of the Cumberlands in Scott County. He is a proud member of the NRA and NFIB. He is a member of the following Chambers of Commerce: Anderson, Jackson, Scott, Clay, Pickett, and soon to be Macon County. 
Honors and Awards
He received the designation of "State Legislator of the Year" by both the East Tennessee Development District and the Upper Cumberland Development District at the Tennessee Association of Development Districts banquet in 2012.