Press release from the Office of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, January 7, 2016:
Appointed to replace Justice Gary R. Wade, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Roger Amos Page of Madison County to the Tennessee Supreme Court, replacing Justice Gary R. Wade, who retired in September.
Page, 60, has been a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals since his appointment by Haslam in December 2011, writing more than 330 appellate opinions. He previously served as a circuit court judge for the 26th Judicial District, which includes Chester, Henderson and Madison counties. In that position, he presided over more than 300 civil and criminal jury trials.
“We are fortunate to have someone with such a depth of experience for this important position,” Haslam said. “Judge Page has a distinguished career both as a judge and an attorney, and Tennesseans will benefit from having him on the Supreme Court.”
Page’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Tennessee General Assembly.
“I have been honored to serve the citizens of Tennessee for the past 18 years as a member of the judiciary, and I am humbled by the governor’s confidence in selecting me for the Tennessee Supreme Court,” Page said.
Prior to his experience on the bench, Page was assistant attorney general for the state in Jackson from 1991-1998. He practiced at Holmes, Rich, Sigler & Page, P.C. in Jackson from 1987-1991. He was an associate at Peterson, Young, Self & Asselin in Atlanta from 1985-1987 and a law clerk for then-U.S. District Court Judge Julia Smith Gibbons from 1984-1985.
Page received his law degree with honors in 1984 from the University of Memphis, where he ranked 4th in his class.
Before his legal career, Page was chief pharmacist and assistant store manager for Walgreens in Memphis, where he worked from 1977-1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1978 from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1973-1975 after graduating from Chester County High School in Henderson.
Page has been active in his community. He is a member and past president of the board of directors of the Jackson Lions Club. He coached Dixie Youth Baseball for 12 years and is a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Page, a Henderson native, is married to Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy. He has two children and three grandchildren.