Norris Named Legislator of the Year by State’s District Attorneys

October 29, 2008

Norris Named Legislator of the Year by State’s District Attorneys

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was honored by the Tennessee Conference of District Attorneys General today at their annual convention in Knoxville.  Norris received the organization’s 2008 “Legislator of the Year” award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and continuing efforts to improve the criminal justice system in Tennessee.

Most recently, Norris sponsored the “Crooks with Guns” legislation which enhances the sentencing of criminals who possess or use a firearm during the attempt
or commission of a violent crime.  Senator Norris has served on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee for eight years, during which time he has authored and passed significant reforms to strengthen the state’s criminal sentencing laws and to prevent child abuse.  His “Crooks with Guns” legislation, which became effective earlier this year, is the
most significant sentencing reform in more than a generation.

The award was presented by this year’s President of the D.A.’s Conference, Bill Gibbons, and by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, both of whom commended Norris as they addressed more than 700 district attorneys present from across the state.

Accepting the award, Norris said, “I humbly accept this on your behalf and for all crime fighters in Tennessee who work day and night to keep us safe and make
Tennessee a better place to live.”  Norris said he thinks it unfortunate that few candidates for political office have made law enforcement the focus of their campaigns.  “It must be more of a priority,” added Norris.

Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

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