Last month, my colleagues and I gathered for an extraordinary session in the House chamber to swear in our new speaker and my friend, Cameron Sexton.
I have worked alongside Speaker Sexton for almost eight years and during this time representing the citizens of District 25, he has been a tremendous servant and a man of integrity. A pragmatic conservative, he has always been passionate about addressing the unique needs of all Tennesseans.
During his speech to members on Aug. 23, he shared several examples within our proud Tennessee history of citizens answering the call to serve. These include the 30,000 Tennesseans who answered the call during the War of 1812, or those who gave their lives at the Alamo for the independence of Texas.
He also talked about the ideas and needs of the 65,000 Tennesseans in each of our districts who have bestowed great trust in us. It is our responsibility to leave our communities and Tennessee in better shape than when we first arrived.
In order for us to accomplish this goal, we all need to work together and I agree with Speaker Sexton that we must communicate effectively. This will allow us to build upon our many recent successes including record job growth, historically low unemployment, the lowest debt state, and the most fiscally responsible state.
While Republicans and Democrats have different ways to reach our shared visions for Tennessee — great schools for all of our children, continuing to attract high quality jobs, reliable infrastructure that meets present day demands, or cutting edge healthcare — I stand in agreement with Speaker Sexton when he says we can achieve these outcomes and better address important issues for all citizens through partnership and respect.
I am excited about the future of our community and state during this new era of leadership under Speaker Cameron Sexton. I know together, the entire House will continue answering the call to serve the citizens of our state so Tennessee remains a national leader.
William Lamberth is the House Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. He is also a member of the House Finance, House Government Operations, and House Calendar & Rules Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth lives in Portland and represents Tennessee House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County.