||This article needs to be updated. (May 2013)|
|81st Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives|
January 13, 2011
|Preceded by||Kent Williams|
|Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 56th district
January 10, 1989
|Preceded by||Jan Bushing|
July 24, 1957 |
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lipscomb University
|Religion||Churches of Christ|
Beth Halteman Harwell (born July 24, 1957, in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is the current Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives. She serves as Tennessee State Representative from Nashville and former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2001 through 2004. A longtime member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since 1988, Harwell was a ranking Republican in the House (former Minority Whip) and Commerce Committee chairwoman. She is the first woman to serve as Tennessee's Speaker of the House.
Harwell explored a run for the 2006 U.S. Senate race; however she finally decided against seeking that seat. In May 2007 Harwell said that she was considering running in the 2010 state gubernatorial election.
In the 2008 presidential election, Harwell was the state co-chair for John McCain's presidential campaign. McCain won 56.9% of Tennessee's popular vote against Democrat Barack Obama. During the elections, the Republican Party gained control of both the Tennessee Senate and House for the first time since Reconstruction. In January 2009, Harwell was named chairwoman of the Commerce Committee. During here term there have been an number of allegations made about the handling of certain scandals, including the handling of the allegations of harassment by former Rep. Jeremy Durham, who was recently expelled from the legislature as well as misconduct by certain personnel including by an employee who allegedly raised their middle finger at a 2 year old child in the House.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beth Harwell.|
- Beth Harwell's profile at the Tennessee General Assembly website
- Representative Beth Harwell at Project Vote Smart
- Rep. Beth Harwell[permanent dead link] at Friedman Foundation
- Political News and Views in Tennessee at Nashville Post
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