Governmental Affairs Committee

The TBA Governmental Affairs Committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association – advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice.

Chair
Gullett Sanford Robinson &...
150 Third Ave So., Ste 1700
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)244-4994

Democrats Elect First African American Leader

The five-member Senate Democratic caucus elected Memphis Sen. Lee Harris to the post of minority leader Tuesday, making him the first African American to serve in that role. Harris, a freshman legislator who unseated Ophelia Ford in the August election, beat out longtime Sen. Reginald Tate for the job in a secret ballot. Sen. Jeff Yarbo of Nashville was elected to the No. 2 position of caucus chairman. Both leaders are lawyers. The Nashville Post has more.

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Third Anonymous Email Urges Harwell’s Ouster

Tensions between House Republicans are growing as an image depicting Speaker Beth Harwell as a puppet of House Clerk Joe McCord is circulating among legislators, the Nashville Post reports. The image is the latest of three sent to lawmakers in recent weeks – all from anonymous email accounts. They all have urged members to reject Harwell for being weak on conservative issues. The latest image, though, also calls on members to support Rick Womick for the leadership post.

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