Hagerty names Jim Henry as state director

Deputy to the Governor Jim Henry speaks with Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) before Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address on Jan. 29, 2018 in Nashville. (Photo credit: Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Nashville) has named Jim Henry, a former top deputy to then-Gov. Bill Haslam, as state director. Michael Sullivan, a former executive director of the state Republican Party, will serve as deputy to Henry.

Here’s the full release from Hagerty’s office:

NASHVILLE – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today announced the appointment of Jim Henry as his State Director and the appointment of the other dedicated public servants who will serve in his Tennessee state offices. The offices will be located in Nashville, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and Tri-Cities.

“Having Jim Henry, someone who has spent his career serving our state, as my state director will bring tremendous experience to our state team and will help ensure that Tennesseans know my offices are available to help in their communities,” said Hagerty. “The men and women who will make up these seven offices bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Tennessee-specific issues that will serve our state and our citizens well.”


Jim Henry will serve as State Director. Henry most recently served as the Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to Governor Bill Haslam. He has served Tennessee as the Commissioner of Children’s Services, was the first Commissioner of the Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, and was the Republican Leader in the House of Representatives. Jim is also a past Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. He ran for Governor in 2002, and is a former mayor of the city of Kingston.

Michael Sullivan will serve as Deputy State Director. Sullivan most recently served as Hagerty’s Campaign Manager. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Tennessee Republican Party. He is a graduate of Hanover College and has worked in government and politics since 2007. His experience includes work in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. He moved to Nashville in 2011, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Preston Cooper will serve as Special Projects Coordinator. Previously she served as a Political Coordinator for Hagerty’s campaign, her first job in politics. She is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South. Cooper currently lives in Nashville.

Tammy Pierce will serve as Special Assistant to the State Director. Pierce previously served as Executive Assistant for Special Projects at the Tennessee Department of Child Services Institute. Prior to her work in the social services and government sectors, Pierce worked with Kenny Rogers and others in the music and entertainment industry. She has one son, a high school teacher and coach, and a daughter-in-law who is a registered nurse at Vanderbilt Hospital. Pierce is a fourth generation Nashvillian.

Braden Stover will serve as a Field Representative. Stover most recently was Hagerty’s Deputy Campaign Manager. Prior to that, he served as Director of Operations and Campaign Manager for Congressman John Rose. He is a graduate of Belmont University and currently resides in Gallatin with his wife Gracie

Rachel Jackson Jones will serve as a Constituent Services Representative. Jones has been a Registered Nurse since 1989. She has been a County Commissioner in Trousdale County since 2017 and was the first woman Chairman of the Trousdale County Republican Party. Jones is an active member of the Rotary Club and a member of the Hartsville Church of Christ. Jones is from Trousdale County, where she lives with her two daughters.

The Nashville office is located 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 120 and can be reached by calling 615-736-5129.


Stan Settles will serve as a Field Representative. Settles most recently served as Hagerty’s Chattanooga Regional Field Director. Previously, he was a Field Organizer for Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he was the Student Body President. Settles has worked on several local and state-level campaigns in the area. Settles moved to Chattanooga in 2016, where he lives now.

Tonya Johnson will serve as Constituent Services Representative. Johnson recently served as a Constituent Services Representative for 10 years in Chattanooga for Senator Lamar Alexander. She is a graduate of Bryan College. Johnson is from Chattanooga where she still lives with her husband and two daughters.

The Chattanooga office is located in the Joel E. Soloman Federal Building at 900 Georgia Avenue, Suite 260 and can be contacted by calling 423-752-5337.


Tanner Cox will serve as a Field Representative. He was most recently Campaign Manager for Congressman John Rose’s campaign. Previously, he was a Regional Field Director for Hagerty. He is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University. Cox is originally from Fentress County and lives in Cookeville.

Bonny Warren will serve as a Constituent Services Representative. Warren has 10 years of constituent service experience with the U.S. House of Representatives. Having previously worked in Tennessee state government, Warren has a background serving constituents. Warren lives in Cookeville with her husband and enjoys her large family.

The Cookeville office will be located in the L. Clure Morton Federal Building at 9 E. Broad Street, 3rd Floor and can be contacted at this time by calling the Nashville office at 615-736-5129.


Matt Varino will serve as a Field Representative. Varino most recently served as a Field Representative in Jackson for Senator Lamar Alexander. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied Political Science. He is married and has three children.

The Jackson office will be located in the Ed Jones Federal Building at 109 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 216 and can be reached at 731-664-0289.


Joe Bailey will serve as Regional Director. Bailey has most recently been managing his own consulting business. He was Vice Mayor for the city of Knoxville and a member of the City Council for eighth years. He is a veteran of multiple campaigns, including President Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984 and President Bush’s 1988 campaign. Bailey served in the Reagan and Bush administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Bailey lives in Knoxville with his son and two daughters.

Riley Lovingood will serve as a Field Representative. Lovingood has spent the past year working for Hagerty’s Campaign as a Regional Field Director in Knoxville. He recently graduated from the University of Tennessee where he was a football player. He received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Lovingood is an eighth Generation Tennessean originally from Hendersonville.

Keith Abraham will serve as a Constituent Services Representative. Previously he served as a Constituent Services Representative for Senator Lamar Alexander. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Abraham is from Knoxville, where he lives today with his wife and two daughters.

The Knoxville office is located in the Howard H. Baker, Jr. U.S. Courthouse at 800 Market Street, Suite 112 and can be reached by calling 865-545-4253.


Chris Connolly will serve as a Field Representative. Connolly was most recently a Field Representative for Senator Lamar Alexander. He was previously an aide to Congressman Stephen Fincher. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Memphis. Connolly is from Memphis and lives with his wife in Bartlett.

Mary Wooldridge will serve as Constituent Services Representative. Since 2011, Wooldridge has been a Constituent Services Representative for Senator Lamar Alexander. She was previously employed by BellSouth (now ATT) and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Wooldridge attended the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is a lifelong Memphian, where she lives with her husband. Wooldridge is the proud mother of two children and four grandchildren.

The Memphis office is located in the Clifford Davis-Odell Horton Federal Building at 167 North Main Street, Suite 1068 and can be reached by calling 901-544-4224.


Nick Castle will serve as a Field Representative. Previously, he served as Hagerty’s Tri-Cities Field Director. He attended East Tennessee State University, where he studied history and political science. Castle is from Kingsport.

Tracie O’Hara will serve as a Constituent Services Representative. Previously, she served the First Congressional District for eleven years, working for Congressman Phil Roe. She resides in Jonesborough with her husband Scott.

The Tri Cities office is located in the Tri Cities Regional Airport at 2525 Highway 75, Suite 101 and can be contacted by calling 423-325-6240.

23 Responses to Hagerty names Jim Henry as state director

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    Cryan says:


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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    I don’t believe Henry lies so he will be frustrated,

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    Matthew Tuttle says:

    This team is top notch! So thankful to have Sen. Hagerty in DC!

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Especially with most of Lamar!’s team!! We are fortunate indeed!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Please be sure not to get distracted Phillip. Just watch Hagerty’s Heritage Score. That will tell us all we need to know.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    Jim Henry is a decent and competent person and is a good choice for Hagerty. In fact, Jim Henry would have been a much better choice for Senator than Hagerty.

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    VoterVic says:

    So far, I’ve been impressed with Hagerty’s responses and to date, I will say I’ve been wrong about him. However, it looks like this will change rapidly with these ‘insider’ advisors! We’ll see, but he is definitely on my ‘trust but verify’ list. And, yes Stuart, we agree with the Heritage Score.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Hagerty’s record gives conservatives no particular reason to expect great things from him. If Bill isn’t up for the job lets remember over the next six long years that out in the bullpen, sitting there with his warmup jacket on, is Marvelous Mark Green (Heritage-100%!). In about two years if Hagerty isn’t doing well it will be time to think about contributing to Mark’s reelection campaign which in the off chance he doesn’t need it for his Seventh District congressional race can always be used for. . .let’s say a U. S. Senate race. In four years if Hagerty continues underperform we can get serious and call down to the bullpen and have Marvelous Mark start to warm up.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    What we have here is politician recycling. Nothing new.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    I appreciate the efforts to have representatives in more locations. After selling out on election integrity, I fail to see what matters. As a member of the minority in the Senate, Senator Hagerty won’t really be able to do anything. #ElectionIntegrityMatters

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      Cryan says:

      He’s a RINO like Stuart who said Trump is a narcissistic jerk and his followers are stupid and don’t belong in the Republican Party.

      I can’t believe you still call yourself a Republican. Maybe RINO Stuart was right; maybe you are “gullible.”


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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Looks like more of the “Good Ole Boys Club.”

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    It really has not been a good day for Republicans- with Trump getting Impeached for the Second Time. Then we find out this evening that former Gov. Rick Snyder was charged with two counts of Willful Neglect of Duty in the Flint Water Crisis. And our own state of TN has how many of the republican legislature suspended awaiting the investigation into corruption by the FBI? The dirty tricksters just can’t seem to stay out of jail lately and this is what conservatives point to as “leadership.”

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      Cryan says:

      And they thought their cop killing spree would blow over by now as people usually have short-term political memories.

      People didn’t forget this time.

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    Susan Patriots Reborn says:

    Haslam was more liberal than some of the democrat governors I worked for in PA state government. Hiring anyone in a higher level position who worked in his administration, I view negatively. Yes, I know that Lee did too.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The investigation of republicans in the state of Michigan has widened a bit more and now includes 8 republican state officials, including the former Gov., Rick Snyder. ( For those keeping scores…That’s one more (R) under investigation and charged with various crimes than in TN.) Officials in Mich. said this is currently one of the largest criminal cases in the world. The charges stem from the Flint Water Crisis where 12 people died and 80 or more were sick. There were a few misdemeanors charged but also 9 counts of manslaughter, extortion, bribery, obstruction of justice as well as the republicans all-time favorite crime – perjury. So in recapping – (R) President- Impeached 2X, 7 (R) legislators in TN under investigation By FBI and 8 (R) state officials including former Gov. in Mich. charged with a laundry list of crimes. Oh, and GOP just lost control of the senate but nobody has been charged yet in that fiasco. How about those nominees for the Heritage All-Star Scoreboard??

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Are there any stats out there on how many republicans “with heritage scores over 90” have been arrested or are in jail now? That would be an interesting number, I bet. That number, of course, will be rising quickly in the near future. What are the odds that Stuart will report on that interesting and revealing number? Any thoughts?

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