ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) One of the Tri-Cities Region’s most experienced members of the Tennessee House of Representatives will resign at the end of the year.
State Rep. Mike Harrison (R) told News Channel 11 he was hired Wednesday to be the Executive Director of the Tennessee County Mayor’s Association, an organization which lobbies the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of County Mayors across the State.
Harrison was Mayor of Hancock County from 1990 to 2002.
He was elected to represent Tennessee’s 9th District which includes Hancock and part of Hawkins County starting in 2003. Currently, Harrison is the chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee and a member of the House Health and Joint Pensions and Insurance Committees.
He’ll start his new job January 1st.
“The opportunity presented itself a few weeks ago,” Rep. Harrison told News Channel 11 by phone from Nashville. “I’ve thought about it, prayed about it, and talked with family and supporters. After 13 years in the house, I’ve decided it’s time to move on and do something else.”
“It’s a good opportunity and a new challenge at the right time in my life,” Harrison said.
Harrison said regulations will prevent him from directly lobbying the General Assembly for a year after he leaves office in December. “I hope to spend that year visiting all 95 counties and getting to know the County Mayors of Tennessee,” he said.
The Hawkins County Commission will appoint Harrison’s replacement until the next election. Harrison said he didn’t know when that will happen.
Harrison’s current term is set to expire in November 2016.
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