Tennessee GOP fundraising giant Ted Welch dead at 80 - WKRN News 2

Tennessee GOP fundraising giant Ted Welch dead at 80


Tennessee GOP fundraising giant Ted Welch has died.

Welch passed away Saturday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville following complications from a fall late last year.  He was 80 years old.

The former bible salesman and real estate investor is credited for shaping the Tennessee Republican Party.

He's helped those including presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Governor Mitt Romney.

He also helped in the campaigns of Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Governor Bill Haslam.

In a statement, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said, "It was sad to hear this morning about the passing of our friend Ted Welch. Ted did so much for the Republican Party, both in Tennessee and nationally. Ted lived the American Dream and his positive, can-do attitude, was contagious."

He concluded, "Ted was a generous man, with a big heart and a servant of Tennessee. He will truly be missed."

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander added, "Ted Welch raised millions to support candidates for public office, symphonies and other charitable causes and, in my experience, never asked for one thing for himself in return. He was tireless. As a volunteer, he traveled with me to 250 presidential campaign fundraising events during one year.  The most feared seven words among those who knew him were, 'Ted Welch is holding on line one.' Honey and I will miss him greatly and extend our sympathies to Colleen and to his family."

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