Senate Dems Re-Elect Kyle To Top Spot

Press Release from Senate Democratic Caucus; Dec. 15, 2010:

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus re-elected Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson as Caucus Chairman and Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis as Democratic Leader on Wednesday.

“I am honored by the trust that my fellow caucus members have placed in me, and I am ready to go to work for the people of Tennessee,” Finney said. “Now more than ever, we need to focus on job creation, education and economic development throughout the state.”

Finney has sponsored landmark legislation to expand home health care to thousands of Tennessee seniors, and co-sponsored the creation of a Teacher Professional Development Fund as part of the state’s successful Race to the Top application. He was re-elected to a second term in November.

Kyle has served as Democratic Leader since 2005. In that time, Kyle has sponsored six responsible, balanced budgets that have guided Tennessee through the worst of the national recession while maintaining vital services. Kyle also sponsored the state’s Race to the Top legislation that secured more than $500 million in federal dollars for Tennessee education.

Sen. Andy Berke of Chattanooga was elected Caucus Vice Chairman, and Sen. Beverly Marrero of Memphis was chosen as Secretary/Treasurer.

“We have a strong group of leaders in our caucus from all three Grand Divisions who represent both rural and urban areas,” Kyle said. “I am looking forward to working with our colleagues in the House to promote a legislative package that puts Tennesseans first.”