Southerland to Chair Commerce

January 19, 2007

Southerland to Chair Commerce

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).

“This is a great honor and a great opportunity for the citizens of the first senatorial district,” says Sen. Southerland. “I appreciate the confidence that Lieutenant Governor Ramsey has in my abilities as a state legislator.”

Every two years the members of the Tennessee General Assembly gather in Nashville to elect a speaker for each house and organize for the upcoming legislative session.  With the election of  Sen. Ramsey as speaker of the state Senate and lieutenant governor of Tennessee, he has the authority to select committee membership and chairmen.

The Senate has nine standing committees that consider proposed legislation before it reaches the full Senate for final action.  Each committee is made up of nine senators, with the exception of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee and the Government Operations Committee that have 11 members each.

A mortgage broker from Morristown, Sen. Southerland is currently serving his second term in the state Senate.  He has previously served as Vice Chairman of the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee, and was appointed chairman last year after the previous chairman resigned.

“The state Senate has a new vision and a new direction,” commented Sen. Southerland.  “I am excited about being a part of this historic change in Tennessee.”

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