Press Release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives, May 27, 2015:
Representative Ryan Haynes Announces Official Retirement From Tennessee State House
(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ryan Haynes (R–Knoxville) announced Wednesday he is officially stepping down from his seat in the House of Representatives representing District 14, which encompasses a portion of Knox County. The move follows Haynes being elected Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party in early April.
In a statement, Haynes expressed his gratitude to the people he has represented in the 14th District during his 7 years of service in Nashville. Haynes was only 23 years old and a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee when he won his first two-year term as State Representative.
“I will always be grateful to the people of Knox County for their support,” Haynes said. “It has been an honor to serve, and I am truly thankful for the friendship you have all given me during my time in the House of Representatives.”
In 2010, Haynes was instrumental in helping lead Republicans to the first House majority in the history of Tennessee. In 2012, Haynes again worked with other top House leaders in turning this majority to the first supermajority in state history. In addition to his role as Chairman of the House State Government Committee and as a member of the influential Finance, Ways & Means Committee, Haynes also championed countless conservative causes, including sponsoring legislation to ban a statewide income tax, working to empower teachers and reform education, and leading the way in cutting government waste and regulations to help businesses across the state grow and thrive.
“Representative Haynes has been a consistent and strong voice for our Republican principles, and has worked tirelessly during his time in the Tennessee General Assembly to advance conservative ideals. I look forward to continuing this work with him in his new role as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell.
“Representative Haynes has been an instrumental part of advancing the principles of limited government and traditional values for the last seven years,” said House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada. “During his time in Nashville, Ryan has never wavered in his commitment to fighting for conservative causes. His service and his leadership will certainly be missed within the House of Representatives.”
Haynes concluded he looks forward to what lies ahead in his new party role, stating: “I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving our community in my new role as Chairman of the Republican Party. I look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue working to make our state the best possible place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Haynes’ resignation is effective immediately.