Major Changes Coming To Tennessee State Senate Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Major changes in leadership are underway at the Tennessee state capitol. We told you last week about a new house speaker by 2018 with Beth Harwell running for Governor, but the changes are even more dramatic in the Tennessee senate.

Within a few weeks here, there was word that two of the top three senate leaders will soon be doing something else.

“We are going to have a lot of changes, like you said.” Sen. Jim Tracy is talking about Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris likely to be confirmed soon to the federal bench in west Tennessee and Senate Republican Caucus Chair Bill Ketron deciding to run for Rutherford County Mayor. But he says there's a stable of senators in the republican dominated body ready to step into those positions.

“I think we have plenty of people in the Senate who are capable of being good leaders in the Senate,” says Tracy. When asked what position he was interested in, he answered, “Never close any doors. We'll see how things go about.”

The senator adds he is happy where he is for now as Speaker Pro Tem, a leadership position where he occasionally fills in for Lt. Governor Randy Mcnally, who won't be going anywhere.

Another frequently mentioned leadership name is Senator Jack Johnson. We caught up with him at a Williamson County fundraiser earlier this month about the sudden vacancies at the top with Senators Norris and Ketron leaving.

“I hate to see both of those guys leave because they have been incredible leaders in the state senate and they are going to leave a tremendous void, but we have a lot talent in our caucus to fill those positions,” says Johnson. He went on to say he was considering seeking the Senate Majority leader position.

The Senate Majority Leader change could come within months vote if Washington votes on the nomination of Mark Norris to the federal bench.

Another quick change in the senate could be the seat of Mae Beavers next year. Beavers is one of the republican candidates for governor who cannot run for two offices at the same time.

 

 


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