Senate names new chairs, House juggles committees

House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) presides over a floor session on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) has named Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) as chair of the Education Committee and Sen. Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) to head the State and Local Government Committee. The positions were vacated by the retirements of Dolores Gresham and electoral defeat of Steve Dickerson, respectively.

Committee assignments have yet to be made in the House, but draft rules signal a change in the overall makeup of standing committees. Speaker Cameron Sexton will once again split apart the Judiciary Committee into two standing panels: Civil Justice and Criminal Justice. He is also turning the single Education panel into separate Education Administration and Education Instruction committees. The Consumer and Human Resources Committee will be no longer.

The changes will leave the House with 14 standing committees, up from 13 last session. Sexton is also expected to significantly retool the subcommittee system.

12 Responses to Senate names new chairs, House juggles committees

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Parents of school age children can rest easier now that the state Senate Education Committee is in the hands of Sen. Brian Kelsey (ACU-89%) oneof my very favorite in the General Assembly. Brian is bright, articulate, and like all conservatives he is ready to seek alternatives to the monopoly of the Government School Trust in educating Tennessee’s children. Members of the Trust will not be happy I’m afraid.

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    James White says:

    Disagree, Kelsey is a primary mover of the dangerous and destructive Article V Constitutional Convention calls and is a member of the ALEC which is pro Chamber.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      He also is in a marginal district so to have an ACU score of 89% makes him a profile in courage as far as I’m concerned.

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    Christina says:

    Brian Kelsey is woefully unqualified to chair a committee affecting Tennessee’s public schools in any manner. He never attended a K-12 public school. More significantly, he sponsored the Voucher law found unconstitutional. He’s an enemy of Tennessee public schools.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Kelsey just launders money. Will the House have a committee of indicted members?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Lets see what the FBI has to say about education related bribes in the Tennessee Legislature first. Stuarts’ bright-guy, high scorer on this round is “like all conservatives he is ready to seek alternatives to the monopoly of the government school trust.” “Alleged” Bribes for school voucher programs have already been tried and failed. Even after the “alleged” bribes got it through the legislature, it was ruled unconstitutional by the courts. Republicans just don’t want to follow the rules.

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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. of Michigan, 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.” I wonder what kind of high scores they all have?

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