Pair of Tennessee bills impacting running for 2 offices, reappointments advance

Feb 27, 2024 | Political News

A pair of bills that could impact three Tennessee representatives who were the subject of expulsion hearings last year continue to advance through the Tennessee Legislature.

A bill that would prevent anyone from running for more than one office in the state or holding two positions passed the full Senate 17-15 on Thursday. Another bill to prevent a person who is expelled from a legislative body from being reappointed to the same spot also advanced in House committee and will reach the full House on Monday.

Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, said that currently someone could theoretically hold five elected positions in the state. Senate Bill 1968 could prevent Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, from running for the U.S. Senate against Marsha Blackburn and for her house seat.

Sen. Adam Lowe, R-Calhoun, said the bill would prevent voters from being disenfranchised when a person is elected to multiple spots and chooses the better one, leaving the post to be filled by someone who was not elected.