• Column: Boldness in education policy is only option

    When I first arrived in the state Senate in 1996, Republicans were in the minority. That fact didn’t bother me in the least. I’ve embraced challenges all my life. So when I got to the Senate, my primary goal was to build a conservative majority in the state Senate. The guardians of the status quo [...]

  • Lt. Governor Ramsey praises Pfizer facility purchase

    NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today welcomed UPM Pharmaceuticals to Bristol, Tennessee as the company announced the acquisition of a 500,000 square-foot commercial manufacturing facility currently operated by Pfizer, Inc. The facility was formerly home to King Pharmaceuticals. “I’m very pleased that UPM has chosen to bring its operations to Bristol. I have [...]

  • Statement on the announced retirement of Senator Douglas Henry of Nashville

    Senator Henry is one of the most honest, hardworking, genuine people I have ever met. He always votes his convictions and he always stands by his principles. He is a true gentleman and one of Tennessee’s most loyal sons. His presence in the Senate will be missed.

  • Letter: It matters who governs

    There is nothing like time back home in “the real world” away from Nashville. Spending time with family and getting back to work on my auction business gives me tremendous perspective on this past legislative session. I must admit that I am tremendously pleased with what we have accomplished. This session brought Tennesseans a balanced [...]

  • Lt. Governor Ramsey celebrates first annual session of the 108th General Assembly

    The 108th General Assembly today adjourned for the year after completing one of the most efficient legislative sessions in recent history. The April 19 adjournment marks the earliest the legislature has adjourned since 1990 using the least amount of legislative days since 1982. “I’m extremely proud of the work accomplished by the General Assembly this [...]

COLUMN: Letting the people vote

After over seven years of struggle, a wine-in-grocery stores bill finally passed both houses of the General Assembly and bears the governor’s signature. It is a great step forward. For the first time, citizens will have the opportunity to choose whether wine may be purchased in grocery stores in their community. Tennessee is moving forward [...]

STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Ramsey on final approval of wine-in-grocery stores

After years of hard work, I’m proud to see this issue finally settled in the legislature. This bill is a solid compromise that allows for the expansion of consumer choice while protecting small businesses that took risks and invested capital under the old system. This bill puts the issue where it belongs: in the hands [...]

Lt. Governor Ramsey named to RLGA executive committee

Today the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), on behalf of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), announced Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) as a member of the 2014 RLGA Executive Committee. “During my time as lieutenant governor in Tennessee, we have reformed education, increased economic growth and cut taxes,” stated Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I look [...]

STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Ramsey on the State of the State address

Governor Haslam laid out a serious agenda tonight that highlights Tennessee’s fiscal responsibility and strong commitment to creating an educated workforce through the Tennessee Promise. It is a vision in bold contrast to those in Washington who balance budgets on the backs of future generations. Even in tough times Tennessee finds a way to balance [...]

Statement on President Obama’s visit to Tennessee

I would like to welcome the President to Tennessee. Tennessee balances its budget, pays its debts, cuts taxes and saves for a rainy day. President Obama vehemently opposes these concepts. I hope the President doesn’t just speak when he touches down in our great state, but looks, listens and absorbs the lessons of conservative government. [...]

Lt. Governor Ramsey on Senate passage of wine in grocery stores

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) made this statement following Senate passage of Senate Bill 837: “This is a great step forward. For the first time, citizens will have the opportunity to purchase wine in their grocery store if the current bill passes. There is still a long way to go but Tennessee is moving forward [...]

Lt. Governor Ramsey releases Office of Legal Services opinion on guns in locked cars

(January 16, 2014, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today released a formal legal opinion from the legislature’s Office of Legal Services which confirms that an at-will employee may not be terminated for keeping their personal firearm in their car while at work in compliance with Public Chapter 16. The opinion cites numerous Supreme [...]

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Local Leaders, Retailers, Pharmacists Expand Anti-Smurfing Public Awareness Campaign

Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, representatives from Food City, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and other influential leaders announced the expansion of Tennessee’s statewide Anti-Smurfing Campaign in Kingsport. The voluntary educational campaign aims to increase public awareness about the criminal enterprise known as “smurfing” — the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) [...]

Heimbach named new state architect

NASHVILLE — Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced the selection of Peter Heimbach as Tennessee’s new state architect. Heimbach succeeds Bob Oglesby who was named Commissioner of General Services in August. The State Building Commission unanimously approved the decision at its November meeting. Heimbach was selected after a three-month [...]

Column: The best state for business

Ever since I was first elected to the legislature nearly twenty years ago, I have made it my primary goal to make Tennessee the best state in the nation in which to own and operate a business. As I moved from the state house to the state senate, eventually becoming lieutenant governor, that goal started [...]

Lt. Governor Ramsey and Speaker Harwell appoint former TNGOP chair to Economic Council on Women

(September 16, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today appointed Robin Smith of Hixson to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. “Robin Smith is the kind of strong conservative woman who can serve as a true role model for all women in Tennessee,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “A [...]

Unemployment reforms bear fruit

(September 5, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced that a rise in the state’s unemployment trust fund has triggered a considerable tax cut for employers across Tennessee. Recent reforms championed by Lt. Governor Ramsey and sponsored by Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) have eliminated waste, fraud and abuse in the system resulting [...]

Column: Remaining vigilant on Obamacare

Democrats across the nation and the state of Tennessee are accusing Republicans of being “political” in their opposition of Obamacare, the president’s embattled health care plan. I always find it interesting that when Republicans take issue with a particular policy it is described as obstructionist or political but when a liberal has a similar disagreement [...]

Recreation Trails Program Grant Announced for Doe Mountain

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill today presented a $196,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to the Doe Mountain Recreation Area Authority in Johnson County for trail improvements and restoration. “This recreational grant will allow the Doe Mountain Recreation Area Authority to improve trail access and existing amenities,” Hill said. “I [...]

Lt. Governor Ramsey and Senator Crowe welcome grant for Elizabethton airport

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) praised approval of nearly $2 million in grants for improvements at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The grant was made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. “It is important as we work to bring new jobs to Tennessee that our transportation infrastructure [...]