(NASHVILLE), January 10, 2019 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) has been reappointed Chairman of the Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the State Senate. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the 111th General Assembly completed the first week of the 2019 session.
“Steve Southerland has been an exemplary chairman,” said Lt. Governor McNally. “He understands the subject matter and provides excellent leadership for the committee and staff. I look forward to his continued good work.”
“I appreciate the continued confidence Lt. Governor McNally has placed in me,” said Chairman Southerland. “Our committee will hear key bills this year to boost our agricultural and rural communities. Agriculture is an important focus of this committee because it is our state’s largest economic sector. We also have several important matters on tap in 2019 pertaining to Tennessee’s water resources. I look forward to the challenge ahead of us for the next two years.”
The committee is responsible for approving the budgets for the Tennessee State Department of Agriculture, the Tennessee Forestry Commission, the Tennessee State Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
“Tourism is our state’s second largest sector and is also a huge economic benefit to our legislative district,” Southerland added. “We must do everything we can to ensure the viability of this industry which is so important to our citizens,” Southerland added.
Southerland was also appointed to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee, as well as, being confirmed by the Senate as a member of the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. The Commerce and Labor Committee hears legislation dealing with economic development, banking, business, insurance, communications, consumer affairs, occupational licensing and employment matters. The Ethics Committee hears any complaints waged against a sitting member. The prestigious Joint Fiscal Review Committee is the General Assembly’s watchdog on all state budgetary matters and approves all fiscal contracts for state government.
Senator Southerland represents Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, and Sevier Counties in District 1 of the Tennessee Senate.