January ushered in a new era of GOP control in Tennessee.
In the Tennessee General Assembly, 22 new Republicans were sworn in . Of those, 14 were in previously Democrat districts. That brings our majority to 64-34-1. The first female Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell, was elected. Four new Republican state senators were sworn in and Ron Ramsey was re-elected Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
In the U.S. Congress, four new Republicans were sworn in: Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher and Chuck Fleischmann. Our Tennessee delegation went from 5 Democrats – 4 Republicans to 7 Republicans and 2 Democrats.
A good way to start 2011.