Faison won’t seek vacated congressional seat

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) speaks to colleagues after being elected House Republican Caucus chair in Nashville on Aug. 22, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

State Rep. Jeremy Faison, the new chairman of the House Republican Caucus, has announced he won’t run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City) this year. Faison will instead run for re-election to the House District 11 seat he has represented since 2010.

Faison won a four-way race for caucus chair after Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) was elected speaker. Faison is known for his outsized persona, his longtime support for legalizing medical marijuana, and his uncanny vote-counting ability.

The Tennessean reported last week that former Kingsport Mayor John Clark has announced he will run. Former state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, former House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, and former Safety Commissioner David Purkey said they won’t make a bid.

9 Responses to Faison won’t seek vacated congressional seat

  • James White says:

    Good news!

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Great news!!!! Albeit, he knows he can’t raise the 2-3 million needed for a primary victory. Not sure if his personal wealth, but he’s wise not to spend it for the race

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    First Tennessee’s most liberal Republican congressman decides to retire, now a member of the Toadying Ten who voted to make it as easy as possible for liberal Democrats to vote in the Republican Primary decides that he is doing enough damage in the General Assembly, thank-you, he’ll stay put. The new year in this new decade is beginning WONDERFULLY, don’t you think?

    • James White says:

      Maybe “Koch Girl” Marsha Blackburn could give him some of her Koch money. Nah…

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        “Koch Girl,” I like it. Sort of has an almost-alliteration ring to it. Alas, Marsha (Heritage-85%) sometimes flies too close to the Chamber. She could have a Heritage score in the 90’s if she could only keep her distance. Then again, she might still be a State Senator if she did.

  • Benton Temple says:

    One of the kookiest members of the tea party passes on the race. Great news for Tennessee. More Bill Haslams, less Jeremy Faisons.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    I’ll need to study this man. Does he support our Governor?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Do you mean the famous former Mayor of Kingsport, Tennessee John Clark? By all means Beatrice, see if Mayor Clark negotiated a particularly advantageous sewer right-of-way for the city and then if he meets with your approval please help recruit any number of other ambitious former Mayors of a number of other bergs in East Tennessee – the more the merrier in this no-run-off state. While you’re doing that conservatives will be looking for the best stalwart conservative candidate with a lengthy voting record from the General Assembly so we can finally move the First District seat about fifteen Heritage percent to the right.

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