Former Republican gubernatorial nominee joins Lee administration

Jim Bryson (handout photo)

Jim Bryson, a onetime Republican gubernatorial nominee, is joining Gov. Bill Lee’s administration.

Bryson was a state senator when he lost to then-Gov. Phil Bredesen in the 2006 governor’s race. He has been appointed deputy commissioner of parks and conservation at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Bryson joins a fellow former state lawmaker Joe Carr as a deputy commissioner at the agency.

Here’s the full release from the Lee administration:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers today announced the appointment of Jim Bryson as deputy commissioner of Parks and Conservation at TDEC.

“Jim’s experience in business, state government and community involvement, coupled with his passion for the outdoors, makes him uniquely qualified for this position,” Salyers said. “I look forward to working with Jim to make Tennessee State Parks the best run state park system in the nation.”

“I am honored to be chosen for this role and I look forward to serving Tennessee in this capacity,” Bryson said. “We have an outstanding record in parks and conservation in Tennessee, and I am committed to building on that success alongside the incredible staff. This is a special opportunity for us to preserve and enhance enjoyment of the great natural wonders of our state.”  

Bryson is founder and president of 20/20 Research Inc., a market research consulting, project management and technology firm based in Nashville. The business launched in 1986 and is a global leader in online qualitative research software and services. Its QualBoard research platform is used by clients in over 90 countries and in more than 30 languages. Bryson served three terms as president of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association, an international association of research professionals.

Elected in 2002, Bryson served four years as a senator in the Tennessee General Assembly, representing Williamson and Davidson counties, and was his party’s nominee for governor in 2006.

Bryson’s love of the outdoors began in rural Arkansas, living near Lake Dardanelle and Lake Dardanelle State Park. He spent many days and nights in the park, on the lake or in the woods hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.  

Bryson is founder and president of The Joseph School, providing a globally competitive education for poor and orphaned children in Haiti. He was a founding board member of the Marketing Research Education Foundation, focused on improving global childhood education. He is a member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club and First Baptist Church in Nashville. He received a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University after graduating from Baylor University. He and his wife, Carol, have four children and two grandchildren.

9 Responses to Former Republican gubernatorial nominee joins Lee administration

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    First Joe Carr, now Jim Bryson. Gov. Lee is now appointing great conservative Republicans. Has he run out of centrists and liberals? Whatever. Jim is a good one!

    • Jason Wallflower says:

      Joe Carr is not a conservative. Try again.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        The last two years Joe was in office the American Conservative Union gave him a 100% and an 86%. I must be a “moderate” solid conservative because I regard those two scores and from what I know of Joe after getting to know him personally as evidence that he is a conservative. Are you one of those right-wing fanatics that the mainstream media warns us to fear insofar as Joe is apparently not conservative enough for you?

  • Rebecca B. Kelly says:

    Jim will make an outstanding leader in this position for the State of Tennessee. Congratulations! Excellent choice!!

  • June landrum says:

    Hi Jim bryson and congrats on your appointment. Bill and June

  • Casimir Etienne says:

    Thanks for your great work in Haiti, precisely in Cabaret. We are looking for more great man like you to impact the world in a positive way.

  • steve west says:

    A great guy and dedicated to doing good wherever he is. Best in your new endeavor.
    Steve West

  • Diane Harris says:

    No finer person than Jim Bryson. He should be President!

  • CONGRATULATIONS Jim, I know you’ll do an outstanding job!

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