State of Tennessee Press Release; Oct. 21, 2010:
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced that Steve Elkins, Legal Counsel to the Governor and a member of Bredesen’s Cabinet, is leaving the administration to join the private sector. Elkins has served as the Governor’s legal counsel since December 2006. Elkins was a member of Bredesen’s campaign staff and transition team before joining the administration as Deputy Legal Counsel in January 2003.
Statement from Steve Elkins:
“It has been an honor to serve Governor Bredesen and the state of Tennessee for nearly eight years. I have been privileged to help Governor Bredesen and his administration develop and implement his agenda, and I am confident that Tennesseans will continue to benefit from his legacy of accomplishment in the years ahead.
“On a personal level, I feel fortunate to have served alongside a group of dedicated people committed to improving the lives of Tennesseans, and am fortunate to have served a leader of unquestioned integrity and character. I am humbled by the confidence Governor Bredesen has placed in me.”
Statement from Governor Phil Bredesen:
“Steve was part of my team from the very first and has been a dedicated and trusted advisor over the years. I appreciate his willingness to serve our state and be a key member of my staff for nearly eight years.
“Steve has provided valuable input on a number of complex issues, including historic appointments to the state’s judiciary and difficult decisions on clemency petitions. I have relied on Steve for legal advice, but I’ve also sought his input and counsel on a variety of other issues. Steve’s thoughtful, reasoned approach has been a great asset to me during my time as Governor. Steve truly believes that government exists to improve the lives of the citizens it serves, and I appreciate his dedication to our state and its citizens.”