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Perry Campaign Announces Endorsements from Six GOP State Lawmakers

Press release from the Rick Perry for President Campaign, Nov. 7, 2011:

State leaders praise Perry’s economic record and commitment to Constitution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry today announced the endorsement of six Republican Tennessee lawmakers, including Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown, State Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson, House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, State Rep. Don Miller of Morristown and State Rep. Mark White of Memphis.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who endorsed Gov. Perry even before he announced his candidacy, praised his fellow legislators for their support.

“I’ve known Gov. Perry for a long time,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “I was impressed when I first met him and my esteem has only grown as he has proven his leadership in Texas. The time for rhetoric is over. We need a man of action. We need a president who understands how to promote economic growth. We need a president who understands that the role of the federal government must be limited. Rick Perry has heeded the call to national leadership at the exact right moment for our country.”

“Rick Perry is the candidate who will get America working again,” said Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron. “Under his leadership, Texas has experienced an economic miracle creating more than one million net new jobs. Gov. Perry’s record is solid, proven and conservative.”

“Rick Perry doesn’t just spout conservative rhetoric — he implements tangible conservative reform,” said State Rep. Mark White. “Gov. Perry is a principled constitutional conservative who has cut taxes, reduced spending and stood up to the job-killing regulations from Washington bureaucrats.”

“I am humbled to have the support of so many Republican lawmakers in Tennessee,” said Gov. Perry. “They share my vision for a stronger America with more jobs, more freedom and less government intrusion in the lives of our citizens. With the help of these legislators, we will run a spirited campaign in Tennessee, and in 2012 we’ll get America working again.”

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Ramsey Picks Kmiecik for Procurement Council

Press Release from the Office of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville:

(October, 11 2011, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today appointed Melissa Kmiecik to the Advisory Council on State Procurement.

“Transforming the way our state negotiates contracts and makes purchases is integral to the conservative approach to reducing government spending,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “Ms. Kmiecik’s experience in public sector purchasing will be of great aid to unified Republican government as we uphold our commitment to get the taxpayer the best bang for their buck.”

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Kmiecik has been an employee at IBM for 28 years where she has served the company in various management and sales roles. Currently, she is the Client Executive for Public Sector accounts in the state of Tennessee where she is tasked with managing customer relationships and coordinating the sales and marketing efforts of the IBM team in their dealings with the state.

The Advisory Council on State Procurement was created this past year as a part of a comprehensive reform of the state procurement process. The Council advises the state’s new Chief Procurement officer in all areas, including procurement management, contract management, contract compliance /quality assurance, and vendor customer relations.


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Ramsey Appoints Teacher to Retirement Board

Press Release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Sept. 13, 2011:

(September 13, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of McNairy County teacher Patsy Moore to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System’s Board of Trustees.

“I’m very happy to appoint someone to the TCRS who is not beholden to a narrow union agenda,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “Teachers should not have to pass a litmus test devised by union leaders in order to represent their fellow educators. Patsy Moore is an outstanding educator and I’m confident she will represent the interests of all of her fellow teachers well.”

Entering her 28th year as a classroom teacher, Patsy Moore has resided in McNairy County since the age of ten. A graduate of McNairy Central High School, Moore received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Moore is endorsed at the elementary and secondary education level and has taught both math and science in the McNairy County schools. Moore is currently a math interventionist at Selmer Middle School where she is a two-time “Teacher of the Year.”

“Patsy Moore is an outstanding educator and a credit to McNairy County,” said Sen. Dolores Gresham. “Her voice will be a much needed breath of fresh air to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System’s Board of Trustees.”

Prior to May 27 of this year, only teachers elected by the representative assemblies of the Tennessee Education Association and the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association were eligible to serve on the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees. Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Sen. Gresham removed the union influence and placed the appointment power with the Speakers of the Senate and the House.

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Top GOP Lawmakers ‘Congratulate’ State Funding Board for ‘Unprecedented Precision’ in Revenue Forecasts

Press Release from the House and Senate Speakers’ Offices, Aug. 17, 2011:

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 18, 2011 — The Chairmen of the Senate and House Finance Committees, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today congratulated the state’s Funding Board for their accuracy in estimating Tennessee’s incoming revenue for fiscal year 2010-11. Chairman Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Chairman Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) said the Funding Board revised the final estimates earlier in the budget year than usual and were only .032 percent from the actual collections.

“We congratulate the Funding Board for hitting these numbers right on target,” said Senator McNally. “We asked them to bring us their estimates before the April collections were received so the General Assembly could finish on time this year, and they did so with extreme accuracy.”

The Tennessee State Funding Board was created by law and is comprised of Governor Bill Haslam, Comptroller Justin Wilson, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Treasurer David Lillard and Commissioner of Finance Mark Emkes. The Board considers economic projections from the state’s top economists near the end of the legislative session before forecasting both how much Tennessee will need to close out the current fiscal year, and what to expect as far as estimates for the next budget year.

The Board projected $8.5 billion in revenues in forecasting the close of the 2010-11 budget year and were within $27.6 million of that estimate.

“The year end variance reflects barely a day’s worth of revenue,” added Sargent. “The state has benefited greatly from the Funding Board’s cautious approach in what is a very fragile economy.”

“Unlike Washington, Tennessee must balance its budget, requiring absolute accuracy in our accounting. The Funding Board predicted our fiscal future with unprecedented precision,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “The quality of their work allowed the Republican majority to keep our commitment to be efficient stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

Speaker Harwell concluded, “I am very proud of the efforts of the Funding Board and their work with Chairman Sargent. In these difficult economic times, our numbers have to be on target so we can craft a responsible, balanced budget. In doing so, we have painted a sharp contrast with Washington and provided taxpayers with a clear model of what fiscally-conservative, pro-growth leadership looks like.”

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Ramsey Announces Judicial Evaluation Commission Pick

Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, Aug. 16, 2011:

(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of attorney J. Gregory Grisham to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

A highly qualified and experienced attorney, Grisham is currently a partner at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan in Memphis. Admitted to practice before both the Tennessee and United States Supreme Courts, Grisham has represented employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies and arbitrators in 27 states.

“Maintaining a quality judiciary in Tennessee is of paramount importance,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “The reality is that our laws are only as good as those interpreting them. Having great legal minds like Mr. Grisham on this commission go a long way to keeping judges accountable to the law and to voters.”

Mr. Grisham is very involved in the judicial selection issue, having organized several public programs on the subject and most recently participated in a panel discussion for the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference.

Active in his local Federalist Society chapter, Grisham has served as a leader of the Tennessee State Court Project and as a member of the organization’s executive committee on labor and employment practices.

Grisham is a graduate of both the Cecil Humphreys School of Law and the University of Mississippi’s Masters of Business Administration program. Since 2007, Grisham has sat on the Tennessee Advisory Committee for to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has twice been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as one of the Mid-South’s “Super Lawyers.”

Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) was effusive in his praise of the appointment.

“The lieutenant governor has made an excellent selection,” said Kelsey. “Mr. Grisham is an outstanding attorney, well-versed on the issues surrounding judicial evaluation. I’m happy to see his talents put to service for the state.”

The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission reviews the performance of appellate judges using surveys, interviews and other information, as required by law. The Commission uses these evaluations to publish a report in which the Commission recommends appellate judges for retention or replacement. Of the nine members of the Commission, two are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, two are appointed by the Speaker of the House and five are appointed by the Judicial Council.

Among the qualities the commission looks for in the judges are integrity, knowledge and understanding of the law, an ability to communicate, preparation and attentiveness, service to the profession, effectiveness in working with other judges and court personnel.