(NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) announced the appointment of Senator Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate. The announcement was made yesterday on the Senate floor. Senator Haile replaces Jim Tracy, who resigned late last year to accept a presidential appointment.
“Ferrell has served the Senate well as Deputy Speaker and his performance as Vice Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee has been nothing short of exemplary. His talents and skills are a natural fit for this position. I am proud to appoint him.”
Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) will replace Senator Haile in the position of Deputy Speaker.
“Ferrell Haile is the epitome of a servant leader. An extremely effective legislator, Senator Haile never seeks credit for his accomplishments and is quick to praise others,” stated Lt.
Gov. McNally. “He is focused, organized and driven for the purpose of doing good for his constituents, the Senate and the state of Tennessee.
The Speaker Pro Tempore is a key leadership role in the General Assembly, in terms of both operations and policy. Most notably, the Speaker Pro Tempore presides over the state Senate in the absence of the Speaker of the Senate.
About Ferrell Haile
Born and raised in Sumner County, Haile has been a small business owner, pharmacist, and farmer in the county for over 40 years. Haile was first elected to the Senate in 2012. Prior to his election, he served briefly as an interim appointee. Haile was recently named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee CASA for his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children.
Haile currently serves a 1st Vice Chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. He also serves as a member of the Finance Ways Means Committee, the Education Committee and the Committee on Rules.