Press Release from Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney; Jan. 31, 2011:
A month into the new year, we saw the culmination of hard work over a period of years. For the first time in our state’s history, Republicans are leading at every level of government in Tennessee:
* Governor Bill Haslam – On January 15th, Tennessee’s 49th Governor Bill Haslam took the oath of office. Governor Haslam stated, “As Tennesseans, we often aim too low when it comes to our education, our health and our economy. It is time to raise our sights.”
* Tennessee General Assembly – 22 new Republicans were sworn in for the 107th General Assembly, 14 of which come from previous Democratically-held districts. The Republican majority is now 64-34-1. With this expanded majority came the election of Tennessee’s first female Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. Four new Republican State Senators were also sworn in and Ron Ramsey was elected to serve another term as Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate. For the first time, we have a Republican Governor and a Republican majority in the General Assembly.
* United States Congress – Four new Republican members of Congress were sworn in- Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher, and Chuck Fleischmann. These new members become part of our new Republican majority in the U.S. House, and with that majority came the election of Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the House. The Tennessee delegation goes from a 5-4 Democrat majority to a 7-2 Republican majority.
I had the privilege and honor to witness all of these events and was reminded that it took a lot of hard work from a wide variety of people for many years. Whether you were invested financially or volunteered your time to make phone calls, knock on doors or write letters, none of this would have been possible without you!
Recently, I also attended the RNC Winter Meeting this past month with our National Committeeman John Ryder and National Committeewoman Peggy Lambert. At the meeting, we elected Reince Priebus as our new RNC Chairman, replacing Michael Steele. Reince most recently served as the Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, and we have full confidence in his ability to lead our Party. The main goal, of course, will be to defeat Barack Obama next year.
2011 is off to a busy start here at the Tennessee Republican Party. County parties across the state are implementing their mandated reorganization meetings and electing new officers, and we are already preparing for next year’s election. While this year is considered an “off-election year,” I hope that you will remain engaged in your local elections and stay involved with your local county party. It is crucial for us to begin preparing now for next year’s elections. There is still much work to be done, and I am hopeful that our state will once again lead the way in electing solid, conservative leaders. Thanks for all that you do!
Tennessee Republican Party