TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jun 10, 2021

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle announced this week that she will not seek re-election after more than three decades on the bench, the Tennessean reports. Lyle confirmed the decision in a letter to the Nashville Bar Association, stating that she’d made plans to retire last fall before a failed attempt by Republican state lawmakers to remove her. House Resolution 23 was filed by Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, and took issue with Lyle’s 2020 ruling to expand absentee voting. Lyle was appointed in 1995 during Republican Gov. Don Sundquist’s administration. In 2015, the state Supreme Court chose Lyle to run the state's first business court pilot project. “As has always been the case with me, life is unpredictable, and 2021 has been true to form," she said in her letter.