Press release from the office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; January 13, 2015:
(NASHVILLE, TN), January 13, 2014 — The State Senate re-elected Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today as Tennessee’s 33 senators met at noon on the first organizational day of the 109th General Assembly. This will be Ramsey’s fifth two-year term as Tennessee’s Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
“Thank you for placing your trust in me,” Ramsey told senators and onlookers after being elected. “The people of Tennessee have placed great trust in all of us. They have called upon us in election after election to use our power wisely — and we have.”
“We made hard choices, just like any Tennessee family would have to, and balanced our budget. And when we have had to borrow money, we paid it back — promptly and in full,” Ramsey continued. “That is the Tennessee way.”
“This stands in stark contrast to the ways of Washington. As our federal government continues on a path into the economic abyss, Tennessee stands apart — committed to fiscal discipline and sanity,” Ramsey explained.
“Tennessee truly is the best state in the nation in which to live, work and raise a family,” Ramsey concluded. “As long as I am speaker, I will fight to preserve that reputation and continue our record of accomplishment.”
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. Under Ramsey’s leadership in 2010, Republicans both increased their majority in the Senate and elected a Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1969.
After picking up an astounding 6 seats in 2012, the Ramsey Senate achieved an unprecedented 28 to 5 supermajority in the 2014 elections, a feat unmatched by either party in modern Tennessee history.