(NASHVILLE), January 8, 2013 — State Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) took the oath of office on Tuesday in Nashville as the 108th General Assembly was gaveled into session. The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Jr. during the legislature’s three-day organizational session which will end on Thursday.
“Taking the oath of office is both an exciting and humbling experience,” said Senator Gardenhire. “I look forward to representing the citizens of the Hamilton and Bradley Counties in the 10th District in our State Senate and welcome their input on the issues we face.”
Gardenhire is one of eight new state senators in the General Assembly. This is the largest number of freshmen in the Tennessee Senate since 1969.
Other organizational tasks that will be taken up this week include the adoption of Senate rules, election of the state’s constitutional officers and election of the members of the General Assembly’s Joint Fiscal Review Committee. The General Assembly will then recess for two weeks to allow for office assignments.
photo includes Senator Gardenhire, his wife, Sylvia and his son, Andrew.