Norris Re-Elected Senate Majority Leader

December 9, 2008

Norris Re-Elected Senate Majority Leader

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was re-elected to his leadership post by Senate colleagues yesterday who unanimously chose him to continue serving as the Senate’s Republican Leader and chief party spokesman in the 106th General Assembly.  Nominated by Lieutenant Governor and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who reminded fellow Republican Senators of Norris’ steady leadership through the 105th session and his tireless work toward this year’s election victories, Norris ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation at the pre-session organizational meeting of the state Senate’s Republican Caucus.  Ramsey was again chosen as the Republicans’ nominee for Lieutenant Governor and Speaker, and Senator Diane Black was re-elected Chair of the Caucus.

“I have enjoyed serving as Leader for the past two years and am confident that the best is yet to come for the Tennessee Senate,” Norris said after the meeting.  “Tennessee has many challenges ahead, and with our new additions and veteran members, the Republican Caucus is ready to tackle them head on.  I could not be more honored to serve as Leader at such a time.”

The Majority Leader serves as the chief officer of the Republican Party in the Senate, representing the Caucus in all matters affecting state government. He serves as the chief negotiator with the Executive Branch and Democratic leadership.  The Majority Leader is also active in the political affairs of the party and, along with other leaders, provides direction for Caucus legislative initiatives.

The 106th General Assembly convenes at Noon on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

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