Jean-Marie Lawrence is 31 years old. She grew up in Neptune, NJ before moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2004. Jean-Marie attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010, and her Master of Public Administration in 2012. She currently works for her alma mater as the Emergency Management Planner in the Office of Safety and Risk Management.Jean-Marie Lawrence sits in her wheelchair wearing a light blue blouse and black dress pants with white pin stripes.

Jean-Marie has also been an active community member since moving to Chattanooga. While in college, she was a member of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, serving as Pledge Coordinator for two semesters. She co-founded the Student Empowerment Association, an organization for the inclusion of students with disabilities in all campus activities. Jean-Marie also took part in the inaugural Project Access study abroad trip to the South Pacific, researching disability access in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii.

In 2012 she was awarded the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. During that year, she traveled the state advocating for Tennesseans with disabilities and increased access to public transportation. Following her year as titleholder, Jean-Marie served on the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Organization’s board of directors, first as Vice President and later as Secretary until 2017. Jean-Marie also served on the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council on Disability from 2012-2016, with two of those years as Chairperson.

Most recently, Jean-Marie has helped plan, marched in, and spoken at both the 2017 and 2018 Chattanooga Women’s Marches. She currently serves on the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, and is the Co Chair of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

"Tennesseans need more people in government who understand our state's diversity, and will do more to protect and encourage it. I am one of those people.
Roll with me for a better Tennessee." ~ Jean-Marie Lawrence, Candidate for TN House District 26.