Monthly Archives: August 2019

Strong to mount challenge to U.S. Rep. Cohen

Corey Strong, who presided over strong gains as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party last year, is mounting a challenge to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

Strong told  The Daily Memphian he wants to be a “true ambassador for what Memphis is.”

Cohen, who is white, has represented the majority black district since 2006. He has announced plans to run again in 2020 and 2022.

Strong, who is African American, said he wants to focus on issues affecting Shelby County rather than national political issues.

“I certainly will not besmirch his record and votes for the most part. And I think he’s been good on constituent services and he’s gotten a lot of money and been to a lot of different events and done a lot right by citizens,” he said of Cohen. “But ultimately I think our congressman can do a lot more to re-envision our economy and be a true ambassador for what Memphis is.”

Dunn takes over as temporary House speaker

House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) presents school voucher legislation on May 1, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

With Glen Casada’s resignation fro the House speakership Friday, Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) takes over until a special session to vote on a new speaker.

Here’s a release from the House Republican Caucus:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) today in his role as Speaker Pro Tem will begin carrying out the duties of the House Speaker, including calling the August 23rd Extraordinary Session to order and presiding over the election of the next Speaker.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for the House of Representatives,” said Speaker Pro Tem Dunn. “I am eager to move forward so that we can continue to serve our communities and make Tennessee the best state to raise a family, work, and retire.”

Upon Speaker Pro Tem Dunn acceding to the speaker’s role, Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) stated, “I have always admired Bill Dunn’s commitment to public service, and I know he will provide a steady hand in the Speaker’s office. I look forward to working with him during this upcoming special session as we transition to new leadership under Speaker Select Cameron Sexton.”

Speaker Dunn has served in the General Assembly since 1994. He is currently the longest-serving House Republican member.