Local Government Committee, Tennessee House of Representatives

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The Local Government Committee is a standing committee of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Per Rule 6 of the House Rules, committees of the Tennessee House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House.[1] In each standing committee and for the Committee on Calendar and Rules, the Speaker of the House appoints one chair, one vice-chair, and one secretary. The Speaker considers the abilities, preferences, seniority of members, and the political party representation in the House when appointing committees and committee officers. Members are appointed to server on no more than two standing committees, exclusive of the Committee on Calendar and Rules.[1][2] The Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tempore are voting members of each standing committee.[1][3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Permanent Rules of Order


The nature of the legislation referred to this committee is often very complex. Legislation addressing such matters as local and municipal affairs (forms of local government, powers to tax and raise revenue, local ordinances, local government employees, local government expenditures); cultural affairs; alcoholic beverage taxes and regulations of sale; election laws; holidays and celebrations; military parks and battlefields; museums; preservation of historical markers; private utility districts; public lands; state and public libraries; state government in general; Veteran's affairs; annexation; and penal and correctional institutions often appear.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Local Government Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (10)
Larry Miller (Tennessee representative)Tim Wirgau, Chair
Antonio ParkinsonMike Sparks (Tennessee), Vice chair
David ShepardDale Carr
Jimmy Eldridge
Marc Gravitt
Andrew H. Holt
Dan Howell
Cameron Sexton
Billy Spivey
James Van Huss


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

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