Press release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; April 5, 2012:
(April 5, 2012, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced he has officially filed his petition to seek re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in District 4 representing Sullivan, Johnson and a portion of Carter County.
“Our Republican majority has accomplished so much in such a short period of time,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “But there is still so much left to do. After decades of Democrat control of state government, Republicans are finally getting to make an impact on state government.”
“It is a pleasure and a joy to work with both Governor Haslam and Speaker Harwell. This partnership is just beginning. I’m proud of our past accomplishments and excited for the future,” Ramsey continued. “Tennesseans have repeatedly told us they want small government conservatism. I’m running again to answer that call and ensure that the forces of big government do not rise again in Tennessee. Ever.”
Starting with his first run for state house in 1992, Ron Ramsey has been a relentless fighter for low taxes, less regulation and small government. A small businessman himself, he understands that government doesn’t create jobs — businesses create jobs. To that end, Ramsey has strived to make Tennessee the number one state in which to own and operate a business.
“In this age of national economic insecurity, it is of paramount importance to keep Tennessee an economic oasis in a nation adrift,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that public servants fight hard to give people what they ask for: more jobs, less spending and smaller government. I have fought for those principles my whole life and with the support of my fellow Senators and Tennesseans, I will continue.”
In the fall of 2011, Lt. Governor Ramsey traveled to New York with Gov. Haslam and the state’s constitutional officers to make Tennessee’s case to the nation’s bond ratings agencies. In the following months, those agencies raised Tennessee’s ratings and remain bullish on the economic position of the state of Tennessee.
Under Ramsey’s leadership, taxes have been lowered, government has been cut, education has been reformed and a conservative judiciary has begun to supplant an activist judiciary bent on imposing a liberal agenda on Tennessee.
“I wake up every morning proud not only that I am a Tennessean put that I get to represent my fellow Tennesseans as Lt. Governor,” said Ramsey. “I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure but there is more work to be done. I ask the citizens of Sullivan, Johnson and Carter counties for their vote and humbly request the support of all Tennessee as I continue to serve as Lt. Governor.”
About Lt. Governor Ramsey
Tennessee’s conservative leader, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is the first GOP Senate Speaker in Tennessee in 140 years and the first from Sullivan County in over 100 years. In the 2008 elections, Ramsey led Tennessee’s Republicans to a gain of three Senate seats and a solid five seat majority. Lt. Governor Ramsey became the longest-serving Republican Senate Speaker in Tennessee history in 2009.
Under Ramsey’s leadership in 2010, Republicans both increased their majority in the Senate and gained a numerical majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1869. In 2011, Ramsey was again honored by his colleagues in the Senate when he was elected to a third term as Speaker.
Ramsey resides in Blountville with his wife, Sindy. The Ramsey’s have three daughters, Tiffany, Sheena and Madison and three son-in-laws, Dustin, Kenny, and A.J. Lt. Governor Ramsey is also blessed with a grandson, Parker.