By Cade Cothren
The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the 109th General Assembly in Tennessee. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) and State Representative Dale Carr (R–Sevierville) took the oath of office and were officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives. In addition, both legislators were appointed by Speaker Beth Harwell as House Committee Chairmen—Rep. Farmer as Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Rep. Carr as Chairman of the House Local Government Subcommittee.
Legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes lowered for all Tennesseans, measures passed to encourage job growth and numerous government reforms.
“Our communities sent us here to support policies that will strengthen our economy and produce more job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced and fight government waste. Today, we are proud to continue serving our constituents and doing just that,” said Representative Farmer.
“In addition,” continued Representative Carr, “We are both very appreciative of the faith Speaker Harwell has entrusted in us for these important roles in only our second terms in office. We are both looking forward to getting to work on the people’s business in the coming weeks.”
House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) added, “It is a pleasure guiding the House of Representatives and working alongside talented and dedicated individuals like Representative Farmer and Representative Carr. I am confident we are going to accomplish a great deal this session for all Tennesseans.”