New Circuit Court Judgeship Added in 19th Judicial District

TN Senator Mark Green and TN Representative Curtis Johnson Respond to Local Need

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2015) – Following three patient years of legislative work, Tennessee State Senator Mark Green and Representative Curtis Johnson see their sponsored legislation to add a Circuit Court Judgeship in the 19th Judicial District headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature into law.

“With population growth comes the need for essential services. Adding this position will have an immediate positive impact on the citizens of both Montgomery and Robertson Counties,” remarked Senator Green of Senate Bill 60. “Good government provides the constitutional services to its citizens.”

The 19th Judicial District is comprised of Montgomery and Robertson Counties and is currently served by three circuit court judges and one chancery court judge: Judge Ross Hicks, Judge Bill Goodman, Judge John Gasaway, and Chancellor Laurence McMillan, respectively. Each of the thirty-one judicial districts of Tennessee that serve all 95 counties has a circuit court and a chancery court with judges elected on an eight-year cycle.

According to 2010 US Census data, Montgomery County has grown by 27.9% and Robertson County expanded by 21.8% over a decade, ranking 5th and 10th, respectively, in Tennessee.

“Our judicial system has been straining to meet the needs of our residents,” observed House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson. “We’re grateful our work with our colleagues in the General Assembly was effective.”

Senate Bill 60 and its companion bill, House Bill 55 will create an immediate judicial post that will be filled by appointment effective September 1, 2015 by Governor Bill Haslam. The non-partisan position will on the August 2016 ballot.

Senator Mark Green, MD serves the District 22 of the Tennessee Senate and as Vice Chairman of the Tennessee Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. Green serves as Vice Chairman of the Commerce and Labor Committee and as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mark Green is President and CEO of AlignMD, a provider staffing company.

Representative Curtis Johnson serves a portion of Montgomery County in the 68th House District. In addition to Speaker Pro Tempore, Johnson serves on the House Finance, Ways and Means and Insurance and Banking Committees. Curtis Johnson is a self-employed small business owner in Clarksville.

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