Johnson elected Senate majority leader, Yager wins caucus chairmanship

Senate Republicans have elected Jack Johnson of Franklin as majority leader and Ken Yager of Kingston as Republican caucus chairman. Sen. Randy McNally was unopposed for another term as speaker.

Johnson defeated Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, while Yager won on the first ballot against Sens. Becky Duncan Massey of Knoxville and Brian Kelsey of Germantown.

The majority leader position was vacated by former Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville, who has become a federal judge in Memphis. The caucus chairmanship was open because former Sen. Bill Ketron was elected Rutherford County mayor.

The next scramble will be over who replaces Johnson as chairman of the Commerce Committee and Yager as chairman of the State and Local Government Committee.

Here’s a statement from Speaker McNally:

Jack Johnson will be an outstanding Senate Majority Leader. He has the experience, temperament and policy expertise to lead our caucus and the Senate to new heights. Jack has been intimately involved in the progress we have made as a state. Beginning with his transformation of the Government Operations Committee to his strong leadership on the Commerce Committee, Jack has put conservative ideas into action on behalf of the people of Tennessee. As we embark on a new era in Tennessee state government, Jack’s leadership will be critical. Congratulations, Leader Johnson.

Ken Yager has the depth of skill and breadth of experience to excel as chairman of our Senate Republican Caucus. As a county executive and chairman of the Senate State and Local Committee, he has demonstrated an ability to lead under pressure. Our caucus has achieved much success both in policy and in politics. I expect that success to continue under Ken Yager’s leadership. Congratulations, Chairman Yager.

The Senate is fortunate to have a membership full of capable and talented leaders. I am confident the team we have elected today will work together with Governor Lee and the state House to keep Tennessee the best state in the nation in which to live, work and raise a family.


6 Responses to Johnson elected Senate majority leader, Yager wins caucus chairmanship

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Rest easy my fellow Tennesseans, your Governor, House Speaker, and Senate Majority Leader are all Republican residents of Williamson County, so you know they are about the best this state has to offer. Now if only I could say with confidence that they were all strong conservative Republican residents of Williamson County. We shall see.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Go, Jack.

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    James White says:

    Stop Bill SRJ0001, “Proposes amendment to Article VI, Section 5 to provide for the selection of the attorney general and reporter for the state with nomination by the supreme court and confirmation by the general assembly.”
    Let the People Elect the Attorney General, Not a YES MAN for the Legislature!

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      Eddie White says:

      James, you got this one right. Tennessean’s need to elect their own Attorney General, just like most other states. Mae Beavers lead the fight on this issue when she was in the state senate.

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    June landrum says:

    Congrats to jack Johnson as state senate majority leader. Good pick senators!

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