NASHVILLE – As the General Assembly began the new 2021 legislative session on Tuesday, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) encourages local citizens to contact him regarding issues of importance to them.  Yager represents Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties in District 12 in the Tennessee Senate.

“We have a lot of important issues on our agenda this year beginning with a special session on education,” said Senator Yager.  “I invite all local citizens to call, email or write me regarding their concerns on the issues we face in Tennessee.”

Yager plans to implement an online survey in early February to gauge constituent views on key issues that will come before lawmakers in 2021.  He has repeatedly utilized constituent surveys during his legislative tenure which helps guide his decisions on important votes.  More details regarding the survey will be posted soon.

“I want as much input as possible from the people I represent regarding legislation before us this year.  I also stand ready to help citizens navigate state government services, whether it is unemployment benefits, TennCare, or other state services.”

Sen. Yager can be reached by email at sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov, by phone at (615) 741-1449, or by mail at 425 5th Avenue North, Suite 704 Cordell Hull Building, Nashville, TN 37243.

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NASHVILLE — Members of the Senate majority met today in Nashville where they voted to reelect Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) to a top leadership role as Republican Caucus Chairman.  The meeting was held as the General Assembly prepares to open the first session of the 112th General Assembly on January 12. 

Senate Republicans hold a 27-6 super majority, providing direct member representation to citizens in all 95 counties in Tennessee.  

Chairman Yager said, “I am honored and humbled to serve again as Caucus Chair to such a hardworking, talented and committed group of individuals.   We have many challenging issues that await us in the 2021 legislative session. This caucus embraces challenges and will chart a bold, conservative path to support economic recovery efforts, improve education, and provide quality health care services, making Tennessee the best place in the nation to live work and raise a family.

Caucus members also voted to relect Yager to serve on the Joint Fiscal Review Committee.  The committee conducts a continuing review of the financial operations of state government.   He previously served as chairman of the committee.  Yager will be confirmed by a resolution of the full Senate when the General Assembly convenes.

Others elected to Caucus leadership positions include Senator Jack Johnson as Majority Leader, Senator Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) as Treasurer, Senator Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) as Secretary and Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) as Chaplain.   In addition, Lt. Governor Randy McNally was renominated for a third term serving Tennessee.

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State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today released a statement providing an update on this year’s chili supper:

“I regret to announce that our annual chili supper and silent auction will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Yager. “For 27 years I have hosted this community event, but now we must prioritize public health.  I deeply appreciate the huge effort from the many volunteers and the generosity of silent auction donors. Together we put on a quality, family event and raised needed funds for local nonprofits.  Many thanks to the public from throughout the district who have consistently supported the event.”?

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NASHVILLEState Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, Gov. Bill Lee, Congressman John Rose, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, and Lt. Governor Randy McNally will join his Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) Bus Tour set for October 19 and 20.  The news follows last week’s announcement that Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) will be at each of the seven rallies throughout Senate District 12.

“I could not be more pleased with the star power that has signed on to lead these get-out-the-vote rallies,” said Yager.  “We have had an incredible response from Tennessee’s top officials in Nashville and Washington D.C.  We have all of our 12th senatorial district Congressmen, our candidate for U.S. Senate, the Governor, and the Lt. Governor on various stops of the tour.  This is in addition to numerous state legislators and local officials who will be joining us at rallies along each tour stop.  It is a powerful line up and we just want to extend an invitation to all local citizens to join us.”

State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro), Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) and John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) have confirmed participation at tour stops in the counties they represent.

“The stakes for this election could not be greater as we move into early voting.  It is important that everyone gets out to vote.  We want to build on the growing enthusiasm as we get closer to November 3rd to encourage all Tennesseans to exercise this precious right.”

In addition to Sen. Yager, following is a list of special guests for each stop of the seven-county tour:

October 19

  • 10:00 AM EST | Jacksboro | Special Guests:  U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Hagerty, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Representative Dennis Powers and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Campbell County Courthouse 
  • 11:15 AM EST | Huntsville | Special Guests:  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Representative Kelly Keisling and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Huntsville Town Square
  • 11:40 AM CST| Jamestown | Special Guests:  Congressman John Rose, Representative John Mark Windle, Representative Kelly Keisling and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Historic Courthouse
  • 1:15 PM CST | Byrdstown | Special Guests:  Congressman John Rose, Representative Kelly Keisling and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Byrdstown Activity Park

October 20

  • 10:00 AM EST | Wartburg | Special Guests:  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Representative John Mark Windle and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Morgan County Courthouse
  • 1:00 PM EST | Kingston | Special Guests:  Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Kingston Park Pavilion
  • 3:00 PM EST | Dayton | Special Guests:  Congressman Scott DesJarlais and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson | Rhea County Chamber of Commerce 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.– State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announces today he will sponsor a Get Out the Vote bus tour through the seven counties of his senate district on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20.  The tour will stop in each county seat where a short get-out-the-vote rally is planned. 

State, local and federal officials are expected to participate, including Governor Bill Lee. The group will tour in an RV driven by Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin). 

Yager said he is very excited about the lineup of candidates and elected officials who have signed on for the tour. The lineup will be announced at a later date.  

“We are lining up some of Tennessee’s top officials for the tour and are very excited about the opportunity for local citizens to meet the candidates,” Yager said.  

The tour will kick off in Jacksboro Monday morning with subsequent stops in Huntsville, Jamestown and Byrdstown. On Tuesday the tour begins in Wartburg with stops in Kingston and Dayton. 

“The 2020 Election is one of the most important elections in recent history,” Yager continued. “Our goal is to build enthusiasm and encourage citizens to let their voice be heard at the polls,” he added. 

“I am especially pleased this tour is going to all of our rural counties. We are bringing candidates and key policy makers to the people of the 12th District and invite constituents to be a part of the event to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” he concluded. 

The tour coincides with the first full week of early voting. Early voting begins on October 14 and continues through Oct 29. Election Day is November 3. 

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The two-day tour will also have stops in Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties as follows:  

October 19:

  • 10:00 AM EST | Jacksboro | Campbell County Courthouse 
  • 11:15 AM EST | Huntsville | Huntsville Town Square 
  • 11:40 AM CST| Jamestown | Historic Courthouse
  • 1:15 PM CST | Byrdstown | Byrdstown Activity Park

October 20:

  • 10:00 AM EST | Wartburg | Morgan County Courthouse
  • 1:00 PM EST | Kingston | Kingston Park Pavilion
  • 3:00 PM EST | Dayton | Rhea County Chamber of Commerce