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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.

Gresham Named to Senate Finance Committee

Press Release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Aug 16, 2011:

(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) to the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Gresham also serves as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

“Dolores Gresham has been an invaluable member of the Senate since her election in 2006,” said Lt. Gov. Governor Ramsey. “In an age when we are increasingly looking for ways to maximize government efficiency and shrink the size of government, it is crucial to have proven fiscal conservatives on our Finance committee. Sen. Gresham doesn’t just talk the talk on budget issues. She’s walks the walk. I’m proud to have her on this committee.”

“I’ve always been committed to keeping taxes low, government small and the budget balanced,” said Sen. Gresham. “There is no better place than the Finance committee for a legislator to achieve those goals. I’m honored to have been chosen to serve.”

One of the more powerful Senate committees, the Finance, Ways And Means Committee is responsible for all measures relating the raising of revenue, the issuance or payment of bonds and the appropriation of state funds. Much of the committee’s work revolves around the general appropriations bill crucial to forming the state budget.