Statement from House Democratic Leader Gary Odom, D-Nashville; Nov. 3, 2010:
“House Democrats lost 14 seats in yesterday’s election. Most of those defeats came in state house districts within the fourth, sixth and eighth Congressional Districts where Republican Congressional candidates won by large margins. It is clear that Tennessee voters are angry. While I believe that anger is primarily directed at our Federal Government and our nation’s economic problems, it is clear that our Democratic candidates for state legislative seats could not overcome the Republican momentum. Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives are committed to working on the issues important to the citizens of our state: attracting new jobs, improving education opportunities for all Tennesseans, and maintaining fiscal discipline in state government.
I also want to offer my congratulations to Governor-Elect Haslam and each newly elected member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. It is my great honor to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly and it is my intention to work in a bi-partisan manner with Governor-Elect Haslam and all members of the next General Assembly in order to address the challenges facing our state.”