Republican Harwell cruises to victory in House

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:04pm

Davidson County state Rep. Beth Harwell, once among a few Middle Tennessee Republicans serving in the Tennessee General Assembly, was re-elected by an overwhelming majority Tuesday evening to an 11th term representing the 56th state House District. 

Harwell, first elected in 1988, easily turned back Democratic software developer Matthew Kenigson to represent the suburban Nashville district.

"I express my gratitude to the people of the 56th District for allowing me to continue to serve them," Harwell said.  

While her return to office is no surprise, the real question is whether Harwell might be Tennessee's first female Speaker of the House. 

Harwell's name has been bandied about for the position, and she briefly entered contention for the spot two years ago when Republicans gained a one-seat majority. In the end, Harwell deferred to Republican House Leader Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, who was eventually defeated for the post in a surprise move from House Democrats, who installed "Carter County Republican" Kent Williams as speaker.

Other Republicans expected to vie for speaker include Rep. Glen Casada (Franklin), Rep. Harry Brooks (Knoxville) and Rep. Gerald McCormick (Chattanooga).

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5 Comments on this post:

By: gilmerg on 11/2/10 at 8:53

Mrs. Harwell would make a great speaker. Congratulations to her on winning her election.

By: Matt Kenigson on 11/3/10 at 12:35

I congratulate Beth Harwell, who I hope will become the next TN House Speaker. I am honored to have shared the ballot with her.

By: dogmrb on 11/3/10 at 10:02

Representative Harwell and Senator Henry are both wise, compassionate and knowledgeable legislators. Many local and national politicians could follow their example of demeanor and courtesy.

By: govskeptic on 11/4/10 at 5:57

Mrs. Harwell is a very nice lady and legislator. She is not, however,
the person the party nor legislature needs as Speaker. This hugh
majority was not elected to have a usually neutral individual on most
issues as it's leader! Nashville is already well represented in this
body by it's two Democratic Leaders and most of the employees
of the entire legislature.

By: TharonChandler on 11/4/10 at 3:07

Congratulations; madam speaker

The needed reform must tout 'self-sufficiency'.

The kind of reform needed includes improvement of the extant social services in a way that will improve the financial crises in Tennessee government with regard to the monies currently spent on such services, and this ideal is national in scope. No One is helped whenever the assistance comes from a 'profit' group or people in an entrenched system that doesn't allow people to cook for themselves yet 'feeds' hungry people in a soup-line or system that hides money for an NPO and/ or Church; while it also is astute at targetting specific individuals for disclusion from such programs and in poisoning specific targets, in cities large enough to facilitate such programs. Re:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tim McGraw was a kid, he didn't always know where he'd get his next meal.

"I remember my mom being a single mom and working," said McGraw in a recent interview. "I also remember not really having enough money for food sometimes."

Those memories are part of the reason he taped public service announcements that begin airing this month to raise awareness of hunger in America.

The charity Feeding America says one in six Americans struggle to find enough food to eat, and approximately 5.7 million people receive emergency food assistance from them on any given week.

"It's so heartbreaking to think of children going hungry, especially in a country as wealthy as ours," said McGraw, who taped the campaign for Feeding America as part of Hamburger Helper's Show Your Helping Hand Campaign.