Rep. G.A. Har­d­away named chair of black cau­cus

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Ten­nessee’s Black Cau­cus of State Leg­is­la­tors have elected new lead­ers for the 111th Gen­eral Assembly, vot­ing on Rep. G.A. Har­d­away to lead the group of mi­nor­ity law­mak­ers.

Har­d­away, D-mem­phis, was elected chair­man, the cau­cus an­nounced Fri­day.

“It is an honor to be cho­sen by my col­leagues to lead the fight to pro­duce and ad­vance leg­is­la­tion that ben­e­fits not only African-amer­i­cans, but all dis­en­fran­chised cit­i­zens across the en­tire state of Ten­nessee,” Har­d­away said in a state­ment.

The cau­cus was most re­cently led by now-sen. Raumesh Ak­bari, D-mem­phis, who was pre­vi­ously in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Ak­bari is now cau­cus chair of the Sen­ate Democrats.

The cau­cus con­sists of 17 mem­bers of the House and Sen­ate and is open to both par­ties, though there are no black Re­pub­li­cans in the leg­is­la­ture.

Har­d­away said the cau­cus would soon re­lease its list of goals and ob­jec­tives for the ses­sion.

The fol­low­ing mem­bers were also elected to lead­er­ship roles in the black cau­cus:

❚ Vice chair­man: Rep. Rick Sta­ples, D-knoxville

❚ Trea­surer: Rep. Vin­cent Dixie, Dnashville

❚ Sec­re­tary: Rep. London Lamar, Dmem­phis

❚ Chap­lain: Rep. John De­berry, Dmem­phis

❚ Par­lia­men­tar­ian: Rep. Jesse Chism, D-mem­phis

❚ Sergeant at Arms: Rep. An­to­nio Parkin­son, D-mem­phis

Reach Natalie Al­li­son at nal­li­[email protected] tennessean.com. Fol­low her on Twit­ter at @na­tal­ie_al­li­son.

State Rep. G.A. Har­d­away Sr., cen­ter, has been elected chair­man of the Ten­nessee Black Cau­cus of State Leg­is­la­tors. NIKKI BOERTMAN / THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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