Press Release from the Republican Party of Tennessee, March 8, 2012:
TNGOP Chairman’s Statement On Former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh’s Decision To Retire
NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh’s decision not to run for re-election. Naifeh is now the ninth Democrat legislator who has announced he will not be seeking re-election this year.
“A chapter is ending in Tennessee political history with the announced retirement of former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. We wish him well in his future plans. As we look ahead, we will be working hard to elect a strong Republican to lead district 81 moving forward,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
Recent Democrat retirements include four state senators (Joe Haynes, Roy Herron, Eric Stewart and Andy Berke) and five state representatives (Jimmy Naifeh, Eddie Bass, Bill Harmon, Janis Sontany and Harry Tindell).