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.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
P O Box 340025
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Diane Black Deposed in Campaign Ad Lawsuit

Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Diane Black faced a deposition yesterday in a lawsuit related to a TV ad that ran during her first campaign for Congress, the Associated Press reports. One of Black’s opponents in the campaign, Lou Ann Zelenik, ran ads critical of state Senate votes Black had cast, which provided $1 million in contracts to Aegis Sciences, a company run by Black’s husband. Aegis sued Zelenik for defamation but the case was dismissed and an appeals court upheld the ruling. Zelenik is now suing for malice and willful intent.
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Nashville Auto Dealer Lee Beaman Forms Super PAC to Back Corker Primary Opponent

Prominent conservative car dealer Lee Beaman announced the creation of a Super PAC to back Andy Ogles, candidate for the U.S. Senate seeking to replace Sen. Bob Corker in a Republican primary, the Times Free Press reports. Beaman, of Nashville, said he plans to raise $4 million to fight for “dependable conservative Senate representation for Tennessee.” Ogles served as the director of the Tennessee chapter of the Koch-brothers’ Americans for Prosperity until last week, when he stepped down to run for Corker's seat. Yesterday, reports surfaced that President Donald Trump was encouraging Corker to run for reelection, but the sitting senator has not yet officially confirmed his reelection bid.
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