Chairman William “Buddy” Burkhardt was elected February 18, 2023 along with all other executive committee officers.
Buddy started his work with the Republican party by anonymously putting out signs for candidates and continued to become more active; ultimately serving as Vice Chair for one term and Chairman for two terms. He is excited to serve the Knox County Republican Party as Chairman for the third time. He was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and graduated from Fulton High School. He also obtained degrees from Pellissippi State Community College and The University of Tennessee. He is retired from the United States Navy and Navy Reserves. Buddy retired from Knox County Sheriff’s Office June of 2023, after serving 29 years. Buddy and his wife Amy have four children; Bailey Manning, Fletcher Burkhardt, Jacob (Michelle) Faucette, and MyKala Faucette. They also have two grandchildren; Lexington Manning and Blakely Faucette. Buddy and Amy are members of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Heiskell, TN. His hobbies include fishing, spending time on the lake, playing the guitar, and singing/playing with “The Old Man Band” at Charles Sievers Towers in Clinton, TN, and John T. O’Connor Senior Center in Knoxville. He loves God, his family, his friends, and the GOP.