(NASHVILLE, TN), January 12, 2017 – State Senator Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) has been appointed Deputy Speaker for the Tennessee Senate for the 110th General Assembly. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as senators wrapped up a week of organizational duties for the 2017-2018 legislative sessions.
Haile was also appointed 1st Vice Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee and the Education Committee. The Senate Finance Committee has the responsibility of considering all measures dealing with the appropriation of state funds and has oversight over legislation pertaining to bonds, pensions, investments or indebtedness.
“I am blessed, pleased and honored to be appointed to these positions in our State Senate,” stated Senator Haile, who said he was surprised by the Deputy Speaker appointment. “It is an honor and I appreciate the confidence of Lt. Governor McNally in appointing me to this position.”
“I also appreciate the opportunity to be added to the Health and Welfare Committee which is a key committee in making improvements to our healthcare system in Tennessee.
“It is going to be a busy session as a member of three key committees but I am very excited about the opportunities to serve our district in these roles and am ready to get started on the issues we face in 2017.”
The General Assembly will take a brief recess to make office assignments and await budget details before convening in a joint session on January 30 to hear Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State/ Budget Address.