State Sen. Dr. Mark Green (R-TN-22) announced his resignation as Senator effective Jan. 3, 2019 to assume the U.S. Seventh Congressional District seat he won in the Nov. 6 election. That seat was previously held by Marsha Blackburn, who won the U.S. Senate race.
Once Green resigns his State Senate seat, the Montgomery County Commission will appoint a senator to serve until a special election is held.
First elected to the State Senate in 2012, Green’s service has been marked by his leadership on behalf of all Tennesseans, the West Point graduate said in a press release. Green has passed numerous pro-veteran and pro-business bills. His leadership led to the passage of landmark legislation like the Hall Income Tax Repeal and the Teachers Bill of Rights.
Green recently announced his appointment of Stephen Siao as his chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. Siao will lead the transition over the next two months and lead the congressional office starting in January.
In his resignation letter to Gov. Bill Haslam, Green wrote, “Serving the people of this district for the last six years has been a privilege and an honor, and I am proud to have worked on their behalf. I also appreciate the opportunity to serve alongside the dedicated members and staff of the Tennessee General Assembly. Further, working with you, Crissy, and the administration has been a joy. I will cherish the friendships formed in this service for my entire lifetime.”
Upon receiving Green’s resignation, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said, “Senator Green has served the state and his district with skill and dedication. His expertise and service have been invaluable to the Senate. I appreciate all his contributions to making Tennessee the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family. I am confident he will excel in his service in Washington. He will be missed.”
Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey also praised Green’s service, saying, “Senator Green served Tennesseans honorably for six years in the State Senate. He passed more pro-veteran legislation than any other legislator in history. His leadership has benefited teachers, small business owners, nurses, law enforcement, and countless other Tennesseans. I know he will take that same courageous leadership to Washington.”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.