retirements

Rep. Eddie Mannis is latest to retire from House

The House meets at the state Capitol in Nashville on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Freshman Rep. Eddie Mannis is the latest Tennessee lawmaker to announce he won’t run again. The Knoxville businessman is the 10th Republican to decide against seeking re-election to the House this fall (see the full list here.)

Here’s the full announcement from Mannis:

“Yesterday, I informed my fellow Representatives of my intention to not seek reelection as Representative of District 18 in the State of Tennessee General Assembly.

As my guiding principle has always, and will always be, people before politics and partisanship, I wanted to publicly share the reasons behind my decision.

The recent passing of my dad has truly forced me to do a lot of soul searching. I have heard his final words, “Follow your heart,” over and over in my head. After weeks and weeks of prayer and conversations with my family and friends, I decided not to seek reelection when the 112th adjourns. It has been a very difficult decision, but I must truly follow my heart.

Serving in the Tennessee General Assembly has been one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling things I’ve ever done. Making decisions that impact people’s lives and livelihoods is a huge responsibility. I will always be grateful to the people of the State of Tennessee, Knox County, and District 18 for allowing me this opportunity.

It has also been an indescribable honor and privilege to serve with my fellow Representatives. While we haven’t always agreed on issues and I will no longer be serving alongside them, I will continue to support them in their efforts of working towards what is right and just, and what hopefully will make us all better Tennesseans.

I look forward to returning to my business ventures, working alongside my team who have made many sacrifices over the past several years. They have afforded me the opportunity to take on two very

hard-fought campaigns and serve the people of Tennessee for the past two years. I am also excited to restart HonorAir-Knoxville and get back to serving East Tennessee Veterans after a two-and-a-half-year break during the pandemic. Continuing to serve my community will remain one of the most important aspects of my life.

Although this is a bittersweet time for me, I leave hoping that it’s obvious that I’ve tried to make the best decisions possible based on my conscience and my desire to try and do what’s right. I am grateful. Thank you

Here’s who is hanging ’em up this year in the General Assembly

Sen. Brian Kelsey walks in the state Capitol on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The candidate filing deadline is April 7, but several state lawmakers have already given notice they don’t plan to seek another term this year. Two others have either stepped down or been ousted from their respective chambers amid federal charges.

[Updated on 4-5-22 to add Rep. Eddie Mannis]:

Here’s is The Tennessee Journal’s running tally:

HOUSE

— District 18: Eddie Mannis (R-Knoxville).

— District 24: Mark Hall (R-Cleveland). Running for the state Senate.

— District 26: Robin Smith (R-Hixson). Resigned after pleading guilty to federal charge.

— District 32: Kent Calfee (R-Kingston).

— District 35. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station).

— District 52: Mike Stewart (D-Nashville).

— District 59: Jason Potts (D-Nashville).

— District 61: Brandon Ogles (R-Franklin).

— District 63: Glen Casada (R-Franklin). Running for Williamson County Clerk and under federal investigation.

— District 67: Jason Hodges (D-Clarksville).

— District 69: Michael Curcio (R-Dickson).

— District 71: David Byrd (R-Waynesboro).

— District 75: Bruce Griffey (R-Paris). Running for circuit judge.

— District 79: Curtis Halford (R-Dyer).

— District 91: London Lamar (D-Memphis). Appointed to Senate vacancy and running for the upper chamber.

SENATE

— District 9: Mike Bell (R-Riceville).

— District 19. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville).

— District 31: Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown). Under federal indictment.

— District 33: Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis). Ousted following federal fraud conviction.