McNally Appointed Chairman of Finance

January 19, 2007

McNally Appointed Chairman of

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).

“I am truly humbled by this honor,” says Sen. McNally. “I appreciate the confidence that Lieutenant Governor Ramsey has shown me by appointing me to serve as chairman of this powerful committee.”

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.

Serving his sixth term in the state Senate, Sen. McNally is the ranking member of the Senate Majority Caucus.  He is a hospital pharmacist at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge who previously served as Vice Chairman of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Chairman of the Education Committee, Republican Caucus Chairman and as a member of the Education Oversight Committee. In addition, Senator McNally will serve on the Fiscal Review Committee, Pension, Retirement and Insurance Committee, General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee and Rules Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Study Committee on Open Government.

“We have a great opportunity and I am excited about the possibilities that are before us,” commented Sen. McNally.  “It is a privilege to be a part of the new vision and new direction of the state Senate.”

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