State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 112th General Assembly.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature met in an organizational session on Wednesday.

The Senate Education Committee reviews all legislation regarding K-12 schools and higher education.  The committee will be the focal point of 2021 action in the General Assembly  with Governor Lee calling a special session on education on January 19. 

Senator Brian Kelsey

In making the appointment Lt. Governor McNally said “Brian Kelsey was the obvious choice to take over the Education Committee. He has the experience and the subject matter expertise to run this committee well. Through his tenure in both the House and Senate, Brian has been committed to education reform. He possesses both the talent and experience to succeed in this role.” 

“I am honored that the Lt. Governor entrusted me with this responsibility,” said Sen. Kelsey.  “Ensuring that all children receive an exceptional education is the main reason I ran for office.  I am passionate that Tennessee have the best schools in the nation.”

Sen. Kelsey was also appointed to serve on the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the Senate Rules Committee.  The State and Local Government Committee hears all matters pertaining state and local governments in general, including utility districts, employees, ordinances, boundary lines, veterans’ affairs, penal and correctional institutions, alcoholic beverages and election laws.  The Rules Committee is responsible for recommending modification of the Senate Rules to the Senate.

The General Assembly is expected to wrap up the organizational session this week.