Representative Staples is a Knoxville native and Vol for life, born to Cleola Staples and the late James Staples. A graduate of Holston High School, class of 1988, Rep. Staples studied Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mr. Staples relies on his ability to effectively communicate and strives to serve the hard-working men and women of Tennessee. Serving on the Commerce Committee, Finance Committee, State Government Committee, Ethics Committee, Banking & Investment Subcommittee, Departments & Agencies Subcommittee and Council on Pension and Insurance. Through Mr. Staples elected position he is able to fulfill his passion for community development and youth mentorship, that has become a career for him. Representative Staples is involved in many organizations that specialize in community development and youth mentorships, such as the 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville, A-1 Learning Institute, CC Russell Masonic Lodge 262. Mr. Staples serves a Board Member of the S.M.A.R.T. Institute, the Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, and the East Knox Lions Club. Mr. Staples has served in the Leadership Knox Program, The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, and the Emerging National Leader Program.

Through his commitment and dedication to service, Representative Staples has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work, such as the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Community Service Award, and the Outstanding Mentor Award. Mr. Staples remains involved in various aspects of his community, through supporting local small businesses and getting to meet new people in and outside of his community.

Representative Staples remains dedicated to tackling key issues that impact the average citizens of Tennessee, such as: providing access to long-term counseling for youth, including witnesses or victims to acts of violence, and help in dealing with suicide attempts; ensuring a path to graduation and acceptance into institutions of higher learning for at-risk teens; concentrating on improving the States’ infrastructure to make Tennessee a more competitive and sustainable location for business recruitment