KINGSTON, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today his bid for reelection to the Tennessee State Senate. Yager, unopposed in his reelection bid, is seeking his third term to the state Senate.
“It is an honor to serve,” Yager said. “I take my responsibility to serve very seriously and am guided by one – and only one – principal: constituents come first.”
The twelfth senatorial district is one of the largest geographically in the state. “I represent seven of the finest counties in East Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland region, and work hard to make sure each receives its fair of state funding and grants,” Yager said. “I have been proud to be able to announce millions of dollars in grants, road projects and new funding which will improve the lives of all of our citizens.”
Senator Yager noted that combating prescription drug abuse was among his top priorities. “I am proud to say that I have led the charge on the most serious problem Tennessee faces: prescription drug abuse,” Yager remarked. “Working with Governor Haslam, we successfully passed in to law the Prescription Safety Act of 2016, giving the state important new tools to fight the scourge of prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping. I have worked closely with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse to crack down on suboxone clinics and locate the first residential drug treatment in the state in our district.”
Sound fiscal discipline and eliminating wasteful spending are also hallmarks of Yager’s agenda for his next term. “We’ve worked hard to cut unnecessary spending and lower taxes,” Yager noted. “As Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, I have prevented many unfunded mandates from burdening local property taxpayers. I am also proud to have been one of the leading proponents of eliminating the Hall Income Tax on interest and dividends, saving our retirees over $300 million a year in taxes after the tax’s full repeal. I will continue to work hard to protect our taxpayers from unnecessary and wasteful government spending.”
“With the support of my constituents, I will continue the fight against drug abuse, stand firm for accountability in government and good stewardship of our resources. But most importantly, constituents will always come first in our office. Quality constituent service and accessibility will remain key to how I represent you in Nashville,” Yager said.
State Senator Ken Yager serves as Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and is also assigned to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Yager was also elected by his colleagues to serve on the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Senator Yager and his wife, Malinda, reside in Kingston and have two grown children.
The Twelfth Senatorial District includes Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties.