State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) has been reappointed 1st Vice Chairman of the Senate’s powerful Finance, Ways and Means Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as lawmakers wrapped up an organizational session on Wednesday.
The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee has the responsibility of considering all measures dealing with the appropriation of state funds and has oversight regarding legislation pertaining to bonds, pensions, investments or indebtedness. The committee is generally made up of the Senate’s top leadership or other members with seniority or expertise in finance.
“Tennessee state government is one of the most fiscally stable in the nation,” said Lt. Gov. McNally. “That is no small part because of leaders like John Stevens.
“I am very pleased to be reappointed to this leadership role in our Finance Committee,” said Sen. Stevens. “This will be another challenging year for our budget.
Stevens was also reappointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee is responsible for hearing all bills dealing with civil laws, criminal laws, judicial proceedings, apportionment of elected officials and governing bodies, and all matters relating to the courts, as well as law enforcement. The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee has jurisdiction over legislation regarding highways, roads and bridges and all forms of transportation in Tennessee, as well as the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
In addition, he will now serve on the Senate Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee hears any complaints waged against a sitting member.
Senator Stevens represents Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, Obion, and Weakley Counties in District 24 in the Tennessee Senate.