In addition, Carr was appointed to the Government Operations Committee and Local Government Committee, which oversees the subcommittee he now chairs, for the 108th legislative session.
State lawmakers returned to the capitol Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming session, which officially begins Monday, Jan. 28, under the Republican leadership of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, of Blountville, in the Senate and Harwell.
Carr was sworn in Tuesday to his third term as representative of the 48th District, much of which comprises the southern portion of Rutherford County.
“When‚Ä© you‚Ä© run‚Ä© for‚Ä© public‚Ä© office‚Ä© it‚Ä© is‚Ä© by‚Ä© definition‚Ä© an‚Ä© obligation‚Ä© to‚Ä© serve‚Ä© the‚Ä© public,” said Carr, who ran unopposed in the 2012 general election after defeating Ryan Herring in the Republican Party primary.
“I’m‚Ä© proud‚Ä© to‚Ä© fulfill‚Ä© this‚Ä© obligation‚Ä© and‚Ä© look‚Ä© forward‚Ä© to‚Ä© addressing‚Ä© the‚Ä© many‚Ä© challenges‚Ä© Tennessee‚Ä© is‚Ä© faced‚Ä© with‚Ä© over‚Ä© the‚Ä© next‚Ä© two‚Ä© years,”‚Ä© he added.
Known for his strong stance on the issue, Carr has authored nearly all of the state laws designed to prevent illegal immigration. Due‚Ä© to‚Ä© his‚Ä© efforts, Tennessee‚Ä©now has some‚Ä© of‚Ä© the‚Ä© strongest‚Ä© enforceable immigration laws in the United States.
Prior to his most recent appointments, Carr served on the Finance and Education committees.
Recently, Carr announced that he has formed an exploratory committee to examine a possible bid for the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The position is currently held by U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who is also a Republican.