Ramsey Likes New Solicitor General

Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, April 8, 2011

(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today praised the selection of Bill Young of Chattanooga as Tennessee’s new solicitor general.

“I’ve known Bill for many years and he is the perfect choice for this position,” said Ramsey. “His many years of experience in both the public and private sector will make him a strong asset to the Office of the Attorney General.”

Ramsey named Young as one of his first picks to the newly created Judicial Nominating Commission, a commission Ramsey was instrumental in devising, in July 2009. Young was subsequently elected vice-chairman by his peers on the commission eventually taking on the role of chairman following the resignation of David Bautista in January 2010. Young was elected chairman in his own right shortly thereafter.

Currently the general counsel and senior vice president of risk management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Young worked in the Attorney General’s office for over eight years. He left that position in 1995 to serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, a position he held for four years.

As solicitor general, Young will oversee appellate litigation in both state and federal courts, review written opinions and advise the attorney general. Young will step down from the judicial nominating commission when he assumes his duties as solicitor general in June. Ramsey expects to name Young’s replacement on the commission at that time.