Rep. Bill Sanderson to resign Wednesday, citing growing business, spending time with family


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — On Wednesday morning, Tennessee Representative Bill Sanderson shared with News 2 the letter sent by him, to his legislative colleagues.

On Tuesday, Sanderson told News 2’s CB Cotton that he would be resigning after Wednesday’s Republican caucus vote to nominate a new speaker of the house.

“Dear members,

I am announcing today my retirement from the TN House of Representatives. It truly has been an honor to serve along side of you. Unfortunately, after 9 years, my responsibilities to my family and my farm have risen to a level that makes it impossible to give representing the district the full attention it needs. Retiring now allows my local officials to call an election to find my replacement. I know the people of Dyer, Obion, and Lake county will choose someone who you can work with. Serving with you has been the highest honor of my life and I wish you the very best.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee Representative Bill Sanderson told News 2 that he plans to resign on Wednesday, but says it has nothing to do with the “scandal” surrounding him in office.

The Republican lawmaker represents Dyer, Lake and parts of Obion County.

Sanderson told News 2’s CB Cotton he’s been thinking about his resignation for two months, saying the decision is due to his “exponentially growing business” and to spend more time with his family because he has a son-in-law with Stage 4 cancer.

Sanderson plans to resign following the Republican caucus vote to nominate a new speaker of the house.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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