Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, on Thursday announced the first-ever bipartisan House Select Committee on Redistricting. The announcement comes after a prolonged delay by the U.S. Census Bureau in releasing state-level redistricting data.
The bipartisan committee consists of 16 House members, including four Democratic members. Deputy Speaker Curtis Johnson, R-Clarksville, will chair the committee, and Speaker Pro Tempore Pat Marsh, R-Shelbyville, is the committee’s vice chair.
The other committee members are Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain; Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville; Rep. Gary Hicks, R-Rogersville; Rep. Karen Camper, D- Memphis; Rep. John Crawford, R-Bristol; Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby; Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Nashville; Rep. John Holsclaw, R-Elizabethton; Rep. William Lamberth, R-Portland; Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis; Rep. Lowell Russell, R-Vonore; Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin; Rep. Ryan Williams, R- Cookeville; and Rep. John Mark Windle, D-Livingston.
“As we continue reviewing the long-awaited statewide data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, I am excited to announce the first-ever bipartisan House Select Committee on Redistricting,” Sexton said. “The makeup of this panel is representative of the distinctive voices of Tennesseans from across all three grand divisions of our state. I appreciate both my Republican and Democratic colleagues for their work as part of this panel, which will play a critical role in a transparent, public process that will produce both fair and constitutional redistricting plans representative of all Tennesseans.”
House Ethics Counsel Doug Himes will serve as counsel for the committee. The date of the first meeting of the bipartisan House Select Committee on Redistricting has not been determined.