I would like to thank the voters of Tennessee’s 9th District for electing me to a 5th term in the United States House of Representatives. It has been my privilege to serve you both here and in Washington, D.C. and I look forward to continuing the fight to bring jobs, funds, and opportunity back to the 9th District, reform our nation’s drug laws and sentencing laws, restore voting rights, protect civil rights, and pass the infrastructure bill that America’s Distribution Center needs.
Those of you who were unable to join us at The Warehouse last night missed a wonderful Victory Party. It’s okay though- We will have another two years from now! Thank you Kris Kourdouvelis for allowing us to use the space and thank you to Double J Smokehouse & Saloon for the delicious barbecue. Ghost River provided us with some delicious, locally produced beer and Chris Gales did a magnificent job keeping the crowd entertained.
I was honored to be joined by Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery, new State Senator Lee Harris, Shelby County Commissioners Reginald Milton, Willie Brooks, and Van Turner, former Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, State Representative Larry Miller, former Memphis City School Board member Dr. Jeff Warren, and Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson. They are all principled public officials and I’m proud to have helped them all at some point through the years.
Obviously, not every outcome last night was to my liking. Amendment 1 passed despite the valiant local efforts of some very good friends and despite the best efforts of Shelby County’s voters, who rejected it 63-37. I am proud that Shelby County voted so overwhelmingly to allow women to make their own medical decisions without interference from Nashville politicians.
Now that the campaign is over, the true battle begins.
Thank you 9th District and thank you Shelby County.