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The Senate and House convened in a joint session on Jan. 13th to elect constitutional officers for the state.
Jason Mumpower has been elected by acclamation to serve as Tennessee's Comptroller of the Treasury. Jason Mumpower is succeeding Justin Wilson, who recently stepped down from this position after serving since 2009, and for whom Jason served as Deputy Comptroller and Chief of Staff.
Tre Hargett has been re-elected to another 4-year term as Secretary of State, a position he has held since 2009.
David H. Lillard, Jr. has been re-elected to another 2-year term as State Treasurer, a position he has held since 2009.
New Senate Leaders and Committees Announced
Senator Ferrell Haile (R- Gallatin) has been elected Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate. Senators Janice Bowling (R - Tullahoma) and Jon Lundberg (R - Bristol) have been named Deputy Speakers of the Senate.
Senator Richard Briggs (R - Farragut) has been named chairman of the Senate State & Local Government Committee with Senator Todd Gardenhire (R - Chattanooga) serving as Vice Chairman. Committee members include: Senators Page Walley (R - Bolivar), Ed Jackson (R - Jackson), Brian Kelsey (R - Germantown), Sara Kyle (D - Memphis), Bill Powers (R - Clarksville), Ken Yager (R - Kingston), and Jeff Yarbro (D - Nashville).
The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and Health and Welfare Committee is meeting today to authorize Governor Lee to implement the TennCare III demonstration waiver approved by the Trump administration.
The Senate is scheduled to meet again Thursday morning for a floor session.
Updated House Committees Not Yet Released
The House has not yet made its committee appointments. The House is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday morning for a floor session.
Special Session on Education
A special legislative session called by Governor Bill Lee is scheduled to begin January 19. Education is the focus for this special session with teacher pay, student literacy, testing, and the difficulties caused by COVID-19 among the issues to be addressed.