NASHVILLE – State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) was elected Thursday as Senate Republican Caucus Chairman, a key leadership post in the General Assembly, by his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus.
State Sen. Bill Ketron (second from right) was recently elected Senate Republican Caucus chairman, a key leadership post in the General Assembly. He is pictured here with County Commissioners Allen McAdoo and Jack Black, along with State Rep. Mike Sparks.
The election took place as the Republican Caucus met in an organizational meeting on Thursday.
Ketron faced State Sen. Bo Watson (R-Chattanooga) in running for the position, which was formerly held by U.S. Representaive-elect Diane Black (R-Gallatin).
“We have a huge task on our shoulders, but we will do it as a team,” Ketron said after being elected. “We must pay attention to what the voters have told us and keep focused on moving in the right direction.”
Ketron was first elected to the General Assembly in 2002 and has won re-election to two additional terms of office.
He is currently Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, as well as serving as Deputy Speaker.
“Sen. Ketron has done an outstanding job and will do a great job as caucus chairman,” said State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who nominated him for the position.
In other positions elected by the caucus, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) was re-elected as the caucus nominee for senate speaker, Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was re-elected majority leader, Sen. Bo Watson (R-Chattanooga) was elected as floor leader, Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) was re-elected secretary, Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) was re-elected treasurer and Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) was re-elected chaplain.
The 107th General Assembly is set to convene Tuesday, Jan. 11.