Former Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will return to the halls of the state legislature as a lobbyist.
The former Republican lawmaker, who retired from the legislature in January, has accepted a position with the Nashville law firm Farrar and Bates, the firm announced this week in a news release.
The firm, which specializes in the defense of real estate errors and omissions actions against real estate licensees, is expanding in the area of government relations. Ramsey will work for its new lobbying affiliate, Ramsey, Farrar and Bates.
Ramsey revealed his plans in June at a Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors (NETAR) legislative luncheon.
“I’ll be working for you,” Ramsey told NETAR members, according to the Kingsport Times-News. He noted that his one-year ban from lobbying expires in November.
In the law firm news release on his new post, Ramsey said,“For 30 years, Russ Farrar has been drafting legislation, managing the political landscape, and building close relationships with clients and elected officials. It is an honor to work alongside my good friend, who is a dynamic leader and has a proven record of success throughout the state. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for the people of Tennessee.”
Ramsey, who is from East Tennessee, served as lieutenant governor from 2007 until retiring earlier this year. He was the first Republican to hold the post in 140 years. He was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for a total of 24 years, serving as both a state representative and a state senator.
He is the longtime owner of Ron Ramsey and Associates, a real estate and auction company in Tennessee and Virginia.
Last month, U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-6) named Ramsey co-chairman of her campaign for governor of Tennessee.