When Tennessee’s 111th General Assembly convened on Tuesday, Jan. 8, six Lipscomb University alumni and one Lipscomb Academy graduate were among those who have been elected to serve the state in the House or Senate. They were officially sworn in to office at a ceremony to launch the new session.
Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-District 18 is a 1969 graduate from Gallatin and Sen. Kerry Roberts R-District 25 from Springfield, graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, return to their elected posts in the State Senate.
In the Tennessee House, Rep. Mark White and Rep. Bo Mitchell return. White, R-District 83 from Memphis, graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Arts degree in conflict management. Mitchell, D-District 50 from Nashville, is a 1992 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Rep. Michael Curcio, R-District 69 from Dickson, is a 2001 Lipscomb Academy graduate.
Joining one of the largest freshman classes on the hill in more than 50 years are newly elected representatives Brandon Ogles and Bob Freeman. Ogles, R-District 61 from Franklin, graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in management. Freeman, D-District 56 from Nashville, is a 2012 graduate with a Master of Science degree in sustainability.
They are part of a 132-member legislature that will discuss numerous bills on a variety of significant topics under the leadership of newly elected Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who will take the oath of office on Jan. 19.