Republican Bill Lee faces a busy two-and-a-half months before his inauguration as Tennessee’s 50th governor on Saturday, January 19.
Two days after easily winning the election, Lee announced a transition team, but he’s already been busy meeting privately with state lawmakers.
“I am excited that he won – his campaign, his message and his style of winning,” said House Republican Leader Glen Casada, who is one of three lawmakers who want to succeed retiring Speaker Beth Harwell.
“He is doing the one thing that I would recommend. He is reaching out to us one-on-one. I have met with him twice in the last two months,” said Casada about Lee.
A legislative agenda from Governor Lee will likely be based on his broad campaign themes of taking Tennessee “from good to great” and a focus on “good school, good jobs and a safe neighborhood.”
“What I interpret from that, we are going to keep taxes low, keep unemployment low and businesses flooding into Tennessee, and we are going to continue the upward projection of education with our test scores,” said Rep. Casada. “And he will have a very willing audience in the legislature with that agenda.”
The transition team includes Chris Devaney, who chaired Lee’s come-from-behind primary win over three other major Republican candidates and the victory Tuesday over Democrat and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.