All the promises made during the Republican road to the majority in Tennessee became promises kept while in office. But there is much left to do, says the speaker of the state Senate.
When the 111th General Assembly begins on Tuesday, much will be new. We will inaugurate Bill Lee as our governor. Glen Casada will be elected speaker of the House. Over 30 members of the General Assembly will be new.
Change can be intimidating and even chaotic. But it can also be energizing and refreshing. New leaders bring fresh perspectives and ideas. It will be an exciting opportunity for renewal as Republicans continue to build on their success.
The last eight years of unified Republican government saw remarkable levels of achievement. More Tennesseans have a job than ever before. We achieved AAA credit ratings from all three rating agencies. We became the most improved state in the nation in education according to the National Assessment of Education test. And we cut taxes by $800 million.
All the promises made during the Republican road to the majority became promises kept while in office. But there is much left to do.
This is why I am most excited by the inauguration of our new governor. He understands the great progress that's been made. But he also knows this is no time to rest on our laurels. Bill Lee wants Tennessee not just to improve or be the best in the southeast. He wants Tennessee to lead the nation. I do, too.
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