Vannatta was first elected to the Commission in 1994. He currently serves on the financial management committee.
Vannatta is a graduate of Bell Buckle High School and a four-year veteran of the United States Air Force. A lifelong resident of Bedford County, Vannatta lives on and operates a farm that has been in his family since 1849. Vannatta is a former Tennessee deputy commissioner of agriculture and continues to serve on several state and national agriculture-related boards. Vannatta was Tennessee's Outstanding Young Farmer in 1971 and the Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year in 1995.
Vannatta is a former director of DREMC board of directors and past president of the Shelbyville Jaycees.
"I feel that being a county commissioner allows me the opportunity to work with our county mayor and the other members of the county commission to make Bedford County a better place to live, work and raise a family. We need less government, better schools and a tighter rein on our spending. I will listen and support the citizens of our county as I strive to be a fair and honest public servant. It is my goal to continue to work hard to preserve our American way of life."
Vannatta is a member of Fairlane Church of Christ. He is married to the former Linda Joyce and has three children.