Alexander to be honored in joint convention

News coverage of Lamar Alexander’s first joint address to state lawmakers in 1979. The retired U.S. Senator is scheduled to speak to lawmakers on April 12, 2021.

Lamar Alexander, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate and two as governor, is scheduled to be honored in a joint convention of the General Assembly on Monday afternoon.

Alexander, a Maryville Republican who didn’t seek re-election last fall, will also be in Nashville to tour the new Tennessee State Library and Archives facility north of the state Capitol.

Alexander’s first speech to a joint convention of the House and Senate occurred more than 42 years ago when he delivered his first budget address in February 1979.

14 Responses to Alexander to be honored in joint convention

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Thank GOD he is finally out of politics. I cannot believe the people of TN kept this man in office. He has done more to destroy education than any other elected official. All I can say is Good Riddance

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      steve cates says:

      I am glad, MS. Bracken, to know there is at least ONE OTHER PERSON in TN who knows the damage he did to TN education!! The ill-fated and infamous “career ladder” began our state’s descent into having one of the worst educational systems in the U.S.

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    Eddie White says:

    This is a nice tribute to a man who has spent his life in service to the state of Tennessee. I did not always agree with him, but I agreed more than disagreed. I believe he loves this state and the people who live here. I wish Lamar the best as he lives out the rest of his life in beautiful East Tennessee.

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      LeeAnn C says:

      Well said, Eddie. No legislator will vote in accordance with your specific preferences. May Senator Alexander have a blessed retirement!

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Heck, he is being honored right here on this forum as we bestow the nickname “Lamar” to the Republican Senators who have compiled a centrist voting record thus showing themselves to be as useless as Alexander was during his term in office. Further, looking forward to the retirement of Roy “Lamar” Blunt (Heritage-57%), Richard “Lamar” Burr (59%), Rob “Lamar” Portman (56%), and Richard Shelby (71%) the effort to replace them with stalwart conservatives has been named “The 3 1/2 Lamars Retirement Project.” Come on, how much recognition does one guy deserve?

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      BTW, during the time Tennesseans chose to inflict Lamar Alexander on themselves and on this country he compiled a miserable 50% lifetime Heritage score. Thus, he spent half his time voting with liberals and half with conservatives when important votes took place. Truly a profile in nothing at all!

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    steve cates says:

    Agreeing with others, I cannot believe I have lived to see the END of his “service”. He is an opportunist of the first order, a never-satisfied grifter and one who cannot be content ( unlike other real statesmen like senators Frist and Corker) with being a citizen legislator; he is a CAREER politician of the worst sort!!!! PLEASE disappear, Lamar; rock your great-grandchildren and count your wife’s money.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Be a good day to be absent if you’re a Legislator

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    Donna Locke says:

    NumbersUSA gives Alexander a career grade of C on immigration control, and a recent grade of F-. Mr. Alexander has enabled the destruction of this country. Don’t cut him any slack.

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    James White says:

    Who called the joint convention?

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