Skip to comments.Republicans seize majorities in Tennessee Senate, House
Posted on 11/05/2008 7:52:29 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
Tennessee Republicans won a 19-to-14 state Senate majority in Tuesdays election, according to unofficial voting totals, while House Republicans appeared to have gained a 50-to-49 margin in that chamber, giving them control of it for the first time since 1971.
For the first time since post-Civil War Reconstruction, the GOP holds majorities in both chambers, Republicans said.
House and Senate Republicans also have enough votes 69 to capture the three constitutional offices of secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer. The states 132 legislators elect the constitutional officers, and it takes 67 votes to win.
Unofficial returns showed Republican Senate candidate Ken Yager of Harriman, Tenn., won the hotly contested 12th Senate District race with Democrat Becky Ruppe.
Republicans have had operational control of the 33-member Senate, but it has been divided 16-16 between Democrats and Republicans, with a Republican turned independent, Sen. Mike Williams of Maynardville, often siding with Democrats. Unofficial returns show Mr. Williams losing to Republican Mike Faulk in the 4th Senate District and Democrats also losing the 26th Senate District.
Going into the election, House Democrats held a 53-46 edge over Republicans. But they lost four seats. That puts House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, in position to become speaker barring any unforeseen circumstances.
The election of a Republican majority in the General Assembly is historic in its own right, and even more so given the strong Democratic tide across much of the country, said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Robin Smith. Our victories send a national message that Republican values still resonate with mainstream America.
House and Senate Republicans also have enough votes 69 to capture the three constitutional offices of secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer. The states 132 legislators elect the constitutional officers, and it takes 67 votes to win. ______________________________________________
What does this mean ???
One biggy being that the Republicans control the state election commision for the first time since Reconstruction..
How about making it harder for illegal aliens to vote in TN, guys ?????
Outstanding! You guys had a good election at least!
And finally got rid of Jimmy Naifeh as the Speaker of the House...
His parents immigrated from Lebanon...
But he constantly voted for the illegal aliens...
Shut out any good laws...
This will be a great thing for all of us if they grow a pair and govern like Republicans and Democratlite.
This election is re-aligning the parties with Dems consolidating the NE and the GOP its strongholds.
Sorry, not enough caffiene yet - grow a pair and govern like Republicans NOT Democratlite.
a little good news today. i wonder how we did in state races across the country. i know in pa, we picked up one state senate seat but as of now, lost one state house seat.
I hadn’t followed that but the political demise of Naifeh is great news to me. I don’t know how or if we can in any way avoid what’s likely to come out of Washington in the future, but maybe we have the people in place to try.
Jason Mumpower seems to be a strong consertvative...
If he ends up as Speaker of the House, it may be a lot different...
Now Tennessee....specifically eastern TN....looks quite good to me.
Y’all’s raht welcumah...
I’ll hold my cheers until I actually see the Republicans vote for Mumpower.
In Tennessee, Republicans "Seize Control" of House and Senate.
In the USA, Obama "Wins, Triumphs, Attains" the Presidency.
Gee, I guess the press doesn't realize this is a new age of harmony and bipartisanship.
What are we doing in TN about a marriage amendment? If California and Florida can pass one, surely we can.
I guess that this means that the “Home of Jimmy Naifeh, Speaker of the House”, will be coming down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The news wasn’t all bad.
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