NASHVILLE — Hamilton County’s state legislative delegation has a new chairman.
The seven-member group this week elected Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, as its head. The chairman often serves as a point of contact for local officials and groups in their dealings with county legislators, scheduling meetings and often appears as the public face of the delegation in the news media.
Dean, a retired police lieutenant and former East Ridge mayor, has served in the House since 2006.
Earlier this month, he became House Transportation Committee chairman.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...