Remarks of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey upon re-election to top post in State Senate

January 13, 2009

Remarks of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey upon re-election to
top post in State Senate

I want to thank you for the faith you have again put in me to be Speaker.  It is an honor and I am grateful for your support.

There are many others who deserve special recognition.  First and foremost, I want to give thanks to God, to whom we are all indebted and without whom nothing is possible.

I want to say a special word of thanks to my wife Sindy and our family, who have always provided unwavering love and support.

I want to express my appreciation to the people of Sullivan County and Johnson County, who have placed their confidence in me to serve them in the Senate.

To the members of the Senate Republican Caucus: I am proud to have your trust and I want to thank you for the opportunity to lead.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the people we all serve – the citizens of our great state.

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Two years ago I stood at this podium and shared with you my goals:

I pledged to work in a bi-partisan way: I think the record will show that we worked very well with the Governor and the House of Representatives to move our state forward in doing the people’s business.

I promised you we would encourage a strong economy: I am very proud of the work done by the Senate to create a business climate which has seen major manufacturing plants move here and create thousands of jobs.

I said we would begin to build a world class education system: The Senate has funded K-12 education to an extraordinary degree given the challenges which face our economy.  We will continue the effort to improve our education system by providing more flexibility for educators to teach our children.

Two years ago I vowed to work with you to create sound fiscal policy without a state income tax.  I am certain we have accomplished this.  We now face tough budget times and the talk is of streamlining government and using reserves – not resorting to a tax that discourages work and prevents individuals from getting ahead in life.

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We have many new faces in the room.  I want to welcome you and thank you for your service.  Today is a special day for you.  Don’t ever lose the feeling you have right now.  Keep it with you every time you walk into this chamber.  Out of over 6 million people in our great state, the voters chose you to be here right now.  This great honor comes with great responsibility and I know you will carry it well.

We will face many challenges in the next few months.  The budget shortfall will require that we work with the administration.  Many issues will come before us on which we may have differences.  But the trust we have with one another will be the foundation by which we successfully face the tests which lie ahead.

May God bless you and the state of Tennessee.

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