Opening Day

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UT President Joe DiPietro and Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville)

UT President Joe DiPietro engaged a number of state lawmakers today, the opening day of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.  The President makes numerous visits to the State Capitol during the legislative session each year to ensure that the University plays a leading, active role in policy discussions impacting the University of Tennessee System and it’s multiple missions of education, research, and outreach.

During today’s opening session, Sen. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) was reelected as Speaker of the Senate.  Similarly, Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) was reelected as Speaker of the House.  A change in House leadership did occur with the election of Rep. Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) as Speaker Pro Tempore.  Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) previously held this position.  The Senate does not elect a Speaker Pro Tempore.  Instead, this position is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.  Stay tuned for more legislative leadership news.

For a list of state legislators that are also UT alumni, click here.

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UT President Joe DiPietro with Agriculture Commissioner & UT Trustee Julius Johnson