The Honorable Randy McNally, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Tennessee, graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1962 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Memphis State University in 1967. Called to the health care profession, McNally attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1969. After starting his career working in community pharmacies, McNally joined Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge as a staff pharmacist. He worked at the Center from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.
Lt. Governor Randy McNally first answered the call to public service in 1978 when he ran for the state house. He won election and served four terms. It was in the state house where he first served on the Finance, Ways and Means Committee. His work on the Finance Committee in both the House and the Senate would become his passion and where he made his greatest impact on the state.
As chairman of the Senate’s Finance, Ways and Means Committee for a decade, McNally oversaw the General Assembly’s only constitutionally prescribed duty: the passage of a balanced budget. Recognized across the state as a finance and budget expert, McNally’s leadership has been critical keeping Tennessee budget in balance and its credit “Triple-A” rated. In addition to his 26 years on the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee, McNally also served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee in the 102nd and 103rd General Assemblies.
A legislative leader for nearly 40 years, Lt. Governor McNally has been recognized for both his work in the General Assembly and in his community. McNally counts among his many achievements the American Conservative Union Conservative Achievement Award, NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Award, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation award for Legislative Assistance and the Tennessee Press Association Open Government Award.
Lt. Governor McNally and his wife Janice have two adult daughters, Melissa and Maggie and three grandchildren, Haley, Morgan and Trent.
Chairman Yager earned his Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts/History) and Master’s Degree (Education) from the University of Tennessee and earned his J.D. from the University of Memphis. He worked his way through college and law school as a janitor and cashier. He began his lifetime of service as a teacher in the Harriman City Schools. He then served as County Attorney from 1978 to 1982 before being elected County Executive in 1982. He has since returned to the field of education as an administrator and assistant professor at Roane State Community College.
During his terms as County Executive, Yager established himself as a sound fiscal manager. He left office with a budget surplus (with no tax increase) and improved the county’s credit rating from A- to A during his tenure, something not always done in small to medium sized Tennessee counties. Yager’s administration as County Executive left an enviable record including demonstrated support for the local school system and county road network, strong support for the emergency services, job creation including a new industrial park and consolidation of the local Chamber, Tourism and Industrial Board offices, an animal shelter, new health department, a new interstate exchange and scores of grants to Roane County totaling millions of dollars. As County Executive, Ken demonstrated his belief that positive results come from working together, such as his efforts with other officials to secure a regional primary care Veterans Clinic in Roane County.
As a freshman Senator he was appointed vice-chairman of the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee. He was then elected by his peers to be on the Joint Fiscal Review Committee, which serves as a watchdog over the state’s financial affairs. Prior to becoming the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman, Yager was the Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.
Ken is married to the former Malinda Raby of Oliver Springs. They have two children, Bonnie-Marie and Will. He and Malinda make their home in Kingston.