Lee names DeBerry to Cabinet

Rep. John DeBerry.

Former Rep. John DeBerry, who lost his independent bid for re-election after being drummed out of the Democratic Party for his habit of voting with the GOP on issues like school vouchers and abortion, has been named to Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s Cabinet. The senior adviser position will pay $165,000 per year.

DeBerry’s reelection bid was notable for the former lawmaker’s decision not to touch a more than $192,000 balance in his campaign account to support the campaign. He ended up receiving just 23% of the vote compared with Democratic nominee Torrey Harris’ 77%.

Here’s the release from Lee’s office.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that former member of the General Assembly Representative John DeBerry of Memphis will join his cabinet as a senior advisor.

“John DeBerry is a respected leader and man of faith who has served our state with integrity for decades as both a legislator and civil rights champion,” said Gov. Lee. “John has fought to protect life, provide better education options for Tennessee students, and to reform our criminal justice system and I’m honored to have his counsel within the Cabinet.”

DeBerry has represented the 90th House District of Tennessee since 1995. He is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and the University of Memphis and currently preaches at the Coleman Avenue Church of Christ in Memphis in addition to churches and organizations across the country.

“It’s been an honor to serve my constituents for the last 26 years,” said DeBerry. “I am proud of the work accomplished throughout my time with the Tennessee General Assembly and I look forward to serving Tennesseans in this statewide role.”

DeBerry will begin on Tuesday, December 1. In his role, DeBerry will serve on the governor’s Executive Leadership Team and his office will be in the Tennessee State Capitol. 

21 Responses to Lee names DeBerry to Cabinet

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    How much is the Tennessee taxpayer on the hook for this?

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Is the perennial joke of a “hiring freeze” still in effect?

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Looks like a retirement farm for legislators at Governors office

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    steve cates says:

    Glad the GOP has him. “Thank God and Greyhound He’s Gone!”

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    I did not see this $160k job posting anywhere? How many pro gun Republicans were interviewed over this PROVEN gun control voice? Too bad we don’t have a conservative Governor

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    MARLE says:

    He won’t have this job for long……he’ll be running for Mayor of Nashville against Cooper. That race is run without party affiliation requirement.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Oh good. I thought Cooper was a democrat. He’s just neutral.

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    I like DeBerry, but this is swampy. But what else do you expect from Bill Lee?

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    Tim Skow says:

    Such a BUNCH of short-sighted WHINERS responding today !! Mr. DeBerry is a legend in the Black Community. He’s in favor of SCHOOL-CHOICE and Pro-Life. WHICH of you WHINERS can reach THAT community … AND … honestly be heard, understood and believed by THEM with such Conservative messages??? Shame on you WHINY WHINERS …. Time to play the LONG game in constituencies where SOOO MANY of WHINERS have NO audience, NO credence and MOST certainly, NO FUTURE !!

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      I’ll tell you where to look for whiners. Soon, the Governor and cronies will be whining about the need for cuts in services among state departments because there supposedly isn’t sufficient revenue.There always seems to be money available for things like this, however.

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      Phillip Lassiter says:

      So you need to be black these days to get a job? How racist!!!!

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      oh, I CAN reach that community and have ignorant one

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      MARLE says:

      Well in Nashville’s last mayoral race there was a black candidate who was pro-life, pro-school choice. She had a back-story that makes DeBerry look like he was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. She tried twice and was defeated both times in spite of tons of Rep money backing her. She lost the Black vote. I think DeBerry could win that vote. Not b/c of the things you listed (she had those as well) but b/c he is authentic in a way she was Not.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    New chief here is a tool

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