A longtime campaign fundraiser has been chosen to lead fundraising efforts for an exploratory committee recently formed for state Rep. Joe Carr, who is considering a run for Congress.
Chairman Lee Beaman and Treasurer Dr. Nate Schott, who are in charge of the committee, recently announced the addition of Thomsen Smith, who heads Republicans Achieving a Majority initiative for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.
“We are pleased to secure a fundraiser of his caliber to the Joe Carr for Congress Exploratory Committee," Beaman said. "Tennesseans want more principled fighters in Washington, D.C., and with (Smith's) experience, we have one more piece in place for Joe Carr to answer the clarion call."
Carr said he was looking forward to working with Smith during the coming months, noting the longtime political activist has been involved with several high-profile campaigns.
“Smith has strong relationships inside the 4th Congressional District and across Tennessee," Carr said, adding the Vanderbilt University alumnus has also worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
"I’m very pleased to add him to my Carr for Congress Exploratory team,” said Carr, who represents a portion of Rutherford County in the Tennessee General Assembly.
In addition, Smith has worked for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and former U.S. Sens. Bill Frist and Fred Thompson, both of whom were considered Republican powerhouses while representing Tennessee in Congress.
In 2010, he worked for state Sen. Jim Tracy during his unsuccessful his bid for Congress.
The announcement comes only a few weeks after Tracy announced he plans to run in the Republican Party primary for the 4th District, which is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Scott DeJarlais.
Carr, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is a member of the National Rifle Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses, National Right to Life, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and the Murfreesboro Lions Club.
Carr was first elected to District 48 in the General Assembly in 2008.