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John Litz hold a B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee and makes his living as a farmer, operating Litz Farms in Hamblen County. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2002 defeating Republican incumbent Stancil Ford. He served as a House member of the 103rd, 104th and 105th General Assemblies serving on the following committees:
- Secretary, House Calendar and Rules Committee
- Member, House Agriculture Committee
- Member, House State and Local Committee
- Vice Chair, House Elections Subcommittee
In November 2006, Litz was re-elected without opposition to a 3rd term. In December 2006, he was selected by the Democratic Caucus to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. In September 2007, Litz announced his intention to retire from the legislature after his current term expired.
- Brad Schrade (17 January 2009). "How Kent Williams became the House's new speaker". The Tennessean. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Hamblen County lawmakers haven't given up on plan to force red-light camera regulation". Kingsport Times News. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- University of Tennessee, Office of Government Relations