Representative Kelly Keisling takes office
The 107th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee convened Tuesday, January 11, with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. Republicans have a 64-34 advantage in the House and a 20-13 advantage in the Senate, not to mention control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first times since 1869.
Among the new Republican majorities is newly elected State Representative Kelly Keisling who was joined by family and a host of friends and supporters from across the district for his inauguration.
“I am honored and humbled that the privilege of serving the citizens of the 38th District has been bestowed upon me. I look forward to the session starting and working hard to represent my constituents,” said Rep. Keisling. “I am excited about the opportunities for my district and the great state of Tennessee,” Keisling stated. “We face a lot of challenges. I am eager to work to provide our district with improved education, safer neighborhoods, and more job opportunities during this 107th General Assembly, he concluded.
Rep. Keisling was named to the House Agriculture and Transportation Committees for the 107th General Assembly.
The House Agriculture Committee is charged with two somewhat different responsibilities. The committee’s first function is to process legislation which is agricultural in subject matter -- control of equine infectious anemia, euthanasia of animals, the use of state funds for cash awards at state and local fairs, etc. Other areas of concern are human nutrition and home economics and plant industry. Its second responsibility is to study the needs and concerns of Tennessee farmers and to address their problems and grievances with appropriate legislative remedies.
“The Agriculture Committee plays an important part in maintaining Tennessee’s roots in agriculture, which is of the utmost importance in these trying economic times,” stated Representative Keisling.
The House Transportation Committee is responsible for legislation regarding truck weights; safety regulation (motorcycle safety, motor vehicles, trucks, trains, airplanes, bicycles); highways, roads and bridges and railroads (maintenance, repair and construction); pipelines, public utilities, public works, and motor vehicle registration.
“I am very pleased to have been appointed to the Transportation Committee,” stated Rep. Keisling. “A solid infrastructure is integral to ensuring that Tennessee maintains its reputation as a business and jobs-friendly state, and I’m honored to serve.”
Kelly Keisling lives in Byrdstown, and represents House District 38, which encompasses Clay, Jackson, Pickett, Scott and parts of Anderson Counties.