Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams is now likely going to be forced to change the complexion of a few House committees because of the outcome of the special election
in Tennessee House District 62 last week:
Kent Williams has said from the day he was selected Speaker by 49 House Democrats and affirmed with his own vote that he intended for the partisan makeup of committees to reflect the partisan makeup of the body of the House. In other words, Williams intended to appoint committee chairs based on the rough percentage of seats which each party holds, not based on who has the overall majority (i.e., majority party controls all committees, as happened under Williams' predecessor Jimmy Naifeh). Most Republicans obviously didn't like this arrangement, but under it, the Republicans may control more committees by raw votes because of Pat Marsh's victory in Shelbyville last week.
Labels: Democrats, Elections, Republican Party, Tennessee politics