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Gilmore, Akbari Elected to Leadership Roles with Women In Government

Press release from the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus; January 14, 2015:

Tennessee— the 21st Annual State Directors’ and 11th Biennial First Term Legislators’ Conference in St. Pete Beach, Tennessee State Representatives Raumesh Akbari & Brenda Gilmore were sworn in as 2015 State Directors with Women In Government. They were elected by their peers

“Women In Government congratulates both Rep. Akbari & Rep. Gilmore on their positions as State Directors. State Directors play a critical role in setting policy priorities for our organization,” said Dyan Alexander, Executive Director of Women In Government. “Both of these members are recognized leaders in their state, and we are excited that they will now share their leadership skills with other women policymakers throughout the country.”

“Women in Government is a great organization that I have enjoyed participating in,” said Rep. Gilmore of Nashville. “As I begin my new term, I hope to work with women from across the country to advance our policy goals.”

“I am honored to have been chosen by my fellow legislators,” said Rep. Akbari of Memphis. “I look forward to working with WIG to make our state a better place for women & girls.”

At the 21st Annual State Directors’ Conference, women state legislators heard from expert speakers on a variety of public policy topics and their impact on states. Topics included developing energy diversity, the role of nutrition in healthy aging, methods for creating opportunities for families, diabetes prevention and awareness, and many others. This meeting also provided attendees with the opportunity to network with colleagues across state borders and share best practices to advance successful public policies.

About Women In Government
Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources. Women In Government serves all 1,785 women who serve in state legislatures from across the country. For more information, visit

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TNDP: Akbari Win in Memphis ‘a Rejection of Destructive Tea Party Agenda’

Statement from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron; November 22, 2013:

Memphis — Following the announcement that Democratic candidate, Raumesh Akbari, won the special election race for Tennessee’s open State House District 91 seat, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement:

Representative Akbari has won a clear victory, but it’s the people of Memphis who are the real winners. Today Memphis voted for a candidate who is ready to fight for opportunity, fairness and people who work for a living.

Rep. Akbari’s victory is also a rejection of a destructive Tea Party agenda that hurts working families. Memphis voters sent a clear message that they want a representative who will be a problem solver and a strong voice against the extremism at the state capitol.

Following after Speaker Lois DeBerry is a huge challenge, but Rep. Akbari is enormously talented and exceptionally bright. This awesome young woman is worthy of the mission ahead of her and all of Tennessee will benefit from her gifts.

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House Dems Congratulate Akbari on Primary Win

Press release from the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus; October 9, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2013) – The House Democratic Caucus wishes to congratulate Raumesh Akbari on her victory in the House District 91 Democratic Primary.

“Raumesh Akbari will be a great addition to the House Democratic Caucus later this year,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner. “We are confident that she will win the general election in November and will be a great asset to our caucus going forward.”

Raumesh Akbari led a field of seven candidates in the primary to replace the late Rep. Lois DeBerry, winning with 502 out of 1812 votes cast. The general election will be held on November 21 against one Independent candidate and no Republicans.

“On behalf of our Caucus I congratulate Ms. Akbari on her decisive win last night,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “I know that she will represent us well in the General Election next month. We look forward to having her join the House Democrats in Nashville to continue our fight for jobs, education and people.”