Councilwoman Jamita Swearengen was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2015. Jamita
E. Swearengen is an honored, well-respected educator and social and community activist, who has
dedicated her entire life to serving her church, community, and city.
Jamita is the daughter of the Honorable James E. Swearengen and retired educator Mrs. Hattie
Swearengen Tuggle. Jamita has one sister, Jana E. Swearengen Washington.
Not only has she served as a multi-talented community activist, she has also been educated and
mentored to be a committed champion for all people in the greater Memphis community. From as far
back as her years at Memphis Central High School, Ms. Swearengen dedicated her early years to the
study of music. Ms. Swearengen is a classically trained musician, who studied violin, piano, cello, and
Jamita matriculated from Central High School and completed her B.A. in Natural Science in 1991 at
LeMoyne Owen College.
Her heart has always been in serving her community; therefore, a position was taken with Shelby
County Schools first serving as a classroom educator, to her current position as a Behavioral Specialist.
Ms. Swearengen is dedicated to being a beacon of hope for young people in the 21st century.
She has also been an active participant in the local political process as well as an active member of the
Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee.
She is a dedicated and prominent member of Mount Pisgah C.M.E. Church where she serves as the
Minister of Music and is active in a multitude of auxiliaries. In addition to a plethora of community
organizations, Ms. Swearengen is a very active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Councilwoman Swearengen is the chair of the Parks & Environment Committee, Vice-Chair of the Public
Safety & Homeland Security Committee, and serves on the Memphis Light, Gas & Water, Housing and
Community Development, Economic Development, Tourism & Technology, and Public Works,
Transportation & General Services committees. She also serves as the Council liaison for Memphis in
May, Riverfront Development Corporation, and MATA.