Freshman State Rep. Sam Whitson on Wednesday announced that he will run for a second term in 2018 in the 65th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives, which includes Franklin, Fairview, Spring Hill, and southern Williamson County.
“My first year in office has been an amazing and rewarding experience,” said
Whitson said in his announcement. “I have found a sense of purpose and comraderie that I have not known since I served in the U.S. Army.”
Whitson, a Middle Tennessee native, retired in 2002 as an Army colonel with 26 years of military service, including combat duty in Iraq.
“In every personal interaction, in every legislative challenge, in every vote I made
on behalf of our citizens, the values that guided me as an Army officer for 26 years — loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage — also guided me in my role as a state legislator,” Whitson said.
Whitson serves on the House Health Committee, House Transportation Committee and House Transportation Subcommittee. He was recently named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers in recognition of his support for sustainable long-term funding for infrastructure projects in his district and across the state, including the impending 2018 construction start of the extension of Mack Hatcher Parkway from Hillsboro Road to Highway 96 near the Westhaven neighborhood.
Elected in 2016, Whitson sponsored successful legislation that was approved by both chambers and signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. These initiatives included suicide risk recognition and prevention training for counselors, statewide privacy standards on police body cameras, trauma center training for military doctors, and economic development policy for local governments and businesses.
“I focused on protecting our public schools, supporting our first responders, improving our infrastructure, and expanding economic opportunity for our business community while also restoring integrity and credibility to the 65th
Whitson replaced Rep. Jeremy Durham, who was expelled from the legislature in September of 2016 amid charges of sexual harassment.
As an advocate for maintaining high-quality public schools in Williamson County, Whitson is working with county school leadership and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to implement an associate degree program at Fairview High School for students interested in pursuing careers in the mechatronics industry.
Additionally, Whitson cosponsored legislation requiring all campaign funds be deposited in an FDIC account to ensure accurate accounting and prevention of fraudulent and illegal expenditures. He also supported passage of a $37 billion balanced budget during the 2017 legislative session that cuts state taxes, adds $132 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and sustains the state’s AAA bond rating.
“As a native son of this great state, it is a real honor and privilege to serve as a member of our General Assembly. It is a responsibility that I will never take for granted or abuse. I look forward to the daily challenges of keeping our state financially strong, our citizens safe, and our children prepared for the future. My team is ready for the 2018 campaign season with a continued commitment to serving the citizens of our communities.”
Sam Whitson and his wife of more than 43 years, Pam, have two sons and five grandchildren who live in Williamson County. Whitson can be reached by email
at: Rep.Sam.Whitson@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1864.