Speaker Beth Harwell (left) welcomes Rep. Dawn White, who represents the 37th District, to the Tennessee General Assembly after being sworn in Jan. 8, 2013, at the capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
NASHVILLE – The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session Tuesday, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee and a new era for Rutherford County.
Representing the newly drawn 37th District, Rep. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) took the oath of office this week in Nashville and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The new district, which was formed under the redistricting plan that passed the General Assembly in 2012, comprises eastern La Vergne, a portion of Smyrna, Walter Hill and north Murfreesboro.
White is the first local official to hold the seat since the Rutherford County delegation in the state House was increased from three to four representatives for the next decade.
She said she is looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes cut for all Tennesseans, measures passed to encourage job growth, and numerous government reforms.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Tennessee General Assembly,” White said. “Tennesseans have put their trust in us to work together and develop solutions that move (the state) forward. I know we are going to have a great year working on issues that reflect the principles and values of everyday Tennesseans.”
Unlike Congress, she said, Tennessee lawmakers have already signaled clear goals of balancing the budget – all while keeping taxes low and ensuring students have access to high quality education.
“While legislators in Washington, D.C., continually shirk their responsibility to govern, Tennesseans will once again see a General Assembly that operates effectively and listens to them,” she said. “That is how government should work.”
Speaker Beth Harwell said she is looking forward to working with the newly elected representatives during the upcoming legislative session, adding “White joins an impressive group” in the General Assembly.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with her to pass meaningful legislation that positively impacts all Tennesseans,” Harwell said.