Darren Jernigan was born on Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1969 and moved to Tennessee six months later. He moved into the Hermitage/Old Hickory area with his family in 1979. He comes from a family rich in military history. His great grandfather sent five sons to serve in WWII, his father in Vietnam, and his brother serving in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Darren grew up all over District 60 and has been a resident over 37 years. He attended Dodson Elementary in Hermitage before transferring to DuPont Elementary in Old Hickory in 1981. Darren continued through the public school system at DuPont Hadley, DuPont High School, and graduating the 2nd class from Hunters Lane High School in 1988, shortly after DuPont High School closed. Darren's higher education continued at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where he received degrees in Political Science and Public Relations.
During his sophomore year at Austin Peay, Darren was injured in an automobile accident while riding in the backseat leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He fought through his rehabilitation for two years before returning back to school. Overcoming challenges has become a way of life for Darren.
Upon graduation, Darren moved to Washington D.C. to learn the mechanics of government working at the US Department of State and Congress. In 1997, Darren returned home to begin work on his Masters degree in Criminal Justice at Middle Tennessee State University. While attending school he worked at the Veterans Administration in the Division of Public Relations. Darren received his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in May of 2000.
In 2001 Darren was appointed Commissioner of the Old Hickory Utility District where he served for six years. In 2002 Darren was elected as the Democratic Committeeman for District 11. In 2007 he was elected to the Metro Nashville City Council representing the Hermitage and Old Hickory area in District 11. After being elected to the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 2012.
Darren is married to Michelle Morse Jernigan with four lovely children; Harris, Elise, Amanda and Claire. Two of their children graduated McGavock High School, one attending UT Knoxville and starting UT Chattanooga this fall. They also have one daughter at McGavock High School and one daughter at DuPont Hadley Middle Prep. All four children either graduated or are proud students within the Nashville public school system. The family attends Hermitage Church of the Nazarene.
House Member of the 108th through 109th General Assemblies
Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce
Old Hickory Veterans Memorial Park
Old Hickory Masonic Lodge #598
Old Hickory Bunch
Shriner, Al Menah Temple
Andrew Jackson Foundation
Friends of Two Rivers Mansion
Veterans of Foreign Wars Men's Auxiliary, Post 1291
Merritt Downs Homeowners Association
ALS of Tennessee, Board Member
Disability Rights TN, Board Member
Belmont University, Occupational Therapy Board
Hermitage Church of Nazarene
Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County District 11 (2007-2014)