About Tony Shipley

Tony employs his conservative values and a common sense approach to provide leadership and a responsible voice for the citizens of East Tennessee. Tony is a family man, a retired Air Force Officer, a small business owner, and a conservative political figure in Upper East Tennessee.

Tony entered the US Air Force following college graduation from UT-Knoxville. After completing a 23-year career in 2001, he retired out of the Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. Tony’s USAF career highlights include: serving on the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post as an Airborne Targeting Intelligence Officer, receiving his post-graduate degree in Foreign Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a combat tour on General Normal Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Persian Gulf War. Tony was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in combat.

Upon his return from Desert Storm in 1991, he taught World Geography and Tennessee History in Sullivan County middle schools. In 1998, he founded and operated Highlander Ambulance Service Inc. as a Critical Care Paramedic until 2005.

Tony volunteers in the Tennessee State Guard serving as a Colonel in command of the 3rd Regiment.

Tony is active in several civic organizations and efforts, including: The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Kingsport Veteran’s memorial Project Team, the Greater Kingsport Pro-Life Volunteers, the National Rifle Association, past member of the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Board, and past Governor of Optimist International - Tennessee.

Tony and his wife, Susan, raised five children in Sullivan County and they have two grandchildren. They are members of the Colonial Heights Baptist Church.