Brenda Gilmore was elected State Senator, District #19 for the State of Tennessee, November 2018. She is a former Metro Council Woman and served as State Representative, District #54, in the Tennessee General Assembly for twelve years.
Prior employment included almost twenty years as Director of University Mail Services for Vanderbilt. Employment has also included Loan Officer of Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association and Director, Postal Services Division, State of Tennessee.
Senator Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Degree from Tennessee State University and earned a Master Degree from Vanderbilt University.
Brenda has also formerly served on the Board of the John F. Kennedy Susan Gray School for Children who have been abused and with special needs; Chairperson, Board of Margaret Cunningham Women’s Center; Advisor, and Undergraduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Other community involvements have included Chairperson for the United Negro College Fund Volunteer Committee. She has served as the President of the Senior Citizen Inc. Board; the Board of Directors of Skyline Medical Center and Trustee for the Belmont Board of Trust.
Mrs. Gilmore works in the Tennessee State University Alumni Association. She is a member of WIN, Nashville Women Political Caucus, and Chair of the Nominating Committee, League of Women Voters. Brenda is the former President of CABLE, a women’s business organization of over 500 women.
She is a Lifetime Member of the NAACP, and holds membership in the Music City Chapter of Links, Chair, Arts Committee, Top Ladies of Distinction and the former President of the National Hook Up of Black Women, and the Minerva Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Brenda Co-Chaired the capital campaign for the Northwest YMCA and successfully raised almost $4 million dollars for an indoor swimming pool. She previously served on the board of Middle Tennessee YMCA, and has chaired the We Build People for the YMCA, raising over $100 thousand dollars for scholarships.
In the Tennessee General Assembly, House of Representatives, she was on the Fiscal Review Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee and the Business and Utility. Rep. Gilmore is the former chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus of the State Legislators, and Co-Chair of the STEM Caucus.
Nationally, she is a board member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, former Director of Women in Government and chair of the Women’s Network, National Council of State Legislators, and a member of the Executive Board of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Most recently, Rep. Gilmore Chaired the Women’s March 2018, which drew over 15,000 women and men to Nashville to advocate for women’s equality.
In Delta, she has chaired numerous chapter committees, served as the President of the Minerva Foundation, State Coordinator of Social Action, and member of the Regional Leadership Team and is presently on the Social Action Commission.
Brenda has received numerous awards. She and her husband, Harry has been married for 46 years. They have one daughter, Councilwoman at Large Erica Gilmore and one granddaughter, Anyah Gilmore Jones, who is a college freshman.
Mrs. Gilmore is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She works with passion for issues affecting poor people, disadvantaged, women and children.