Press Release from Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, Jan 12, 2011:
Senator chosen to lead 22-member delegation
NASHVILLE – State Senator Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) was elected chair of the Shelby County Delegation on Wednesday, becoming the leader of the 22-member delegation that represents the largest county population in the state.
“I am honored to receive the support of my colleagues to lead our delegation during a particularly unique time in Memphis and Shelby County,” Marrero said. “I am committed to continuing the great work of past chairs and ensuring that our delegation maintains its strong voice in the legislature.”
The Shelby County Delegation is a bipartisan group of Tennessee legislators who work to ensure that Shelby County and the City of Memphis receive exceptional representation in the General Assembly. The delegation is comprised of 14 Democrats, seven Republicans and an open seat created by the passing of the late Rep. Ulysses Jones Jr.
Marrero takes the chair as debate continues over the Memphis City Schools board’s attempt to relinquish its charter and effectively become part of the Shelby County Schools system. A legislative proposal would require the approval of county voters in what is currently a city-only referendum on allowing MCS to give up its charter.
Marrero pledged to work with city and county lawmakers in the delegation regarding the issue, while maintaining that such a decision should ultimately be left to local officials and city voters.
“The quality of all of our schools, city and county alike, must take priority over politics during these discussions,” Marrero said. “Every child deserves an opportunity to learn and succeed, regardless of where he or she lives.”
In addition to Marrero’s election, Rep. Steve McManus (R-Cordova) was elected as Vice-Chair and Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis) was elected as Secretary. The delegation’s first official meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. in Legislative Plaza Room 29.