Ken Givens

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Ken Givens
34th Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee
In office
January 18, 2003 – January 15, 2011
GovernorPhil Bredesen
Preceded byJohn W. Rose
Succeeded byJulius Thomas Johnson
Tennessee Representative for the Ninth State House District
In office
January 1989 – May 2002
Preceded byBruce Hurley
Succeeded byMike Harrison
Personal details
Born (1947-10-01) October 1, 1947 (age 71)
Rogersville, Tennessee, USA
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materEast Tennessee State University
ProfessionFarmer, real estate

Ken Givens (born October 10, 1947) is a Tennessee politician from Rogersville, Tennessee.[1] From 1988-2002, Givens was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives representing the Ninth State House District.[2] In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to be the 34th Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee, a Cabinet-level position in the gubernatorial administration responsible for overseeing the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Personal life[edit]

Givens was born in Rogersville, Tennessee in 1947 to tobacco and dairy cattle farmers from Hawkins County.[3] He attended Rogersville City School and Rogersville High School, graduating from high school in 1965. Givens served in the United States Army, from which he was honorably discharged.

Givens operates a tobacco and cattle farm in Hawkins County and was involved in real estate in Rogersville and northeast Tennessee.

Legislative career[edit]

In 1988, Givens was elected to the 96th General Assembly as the Democratic Representative for the Ninth State House District, which is presently composed of Hancock County and part of Hawkins County.[4]

Givens served in the 96th through the 102nd General Assemblies, elected to seven two-year terms. In 1997, Givens was appointed chairman of the Agriculture Committee in the Tennessee House, a position which he held for the rest of his time in the General Assembly.[5]

Givens retired from the General Assembly in 2002 after fourteen years of service.

Cabinet service[edit]

In 2003, Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, appointed Givens to be the 34th Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee.

As Commissioner of Agriculture, Givens had direct oversight of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He was an ex officio, voting member of Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee, the Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.

In 2004, Governor Bredesen appointed Givens to chair the Governor's Task Force on Methamphetamine Abuse. Givens was also appointed to the Tennessee Homeland Security Council, which advised the Governor on state-wide security concerns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Ken Givens," Tennessee House of Representatives. Nashville: General Assembly of Tennessee, 2002. Online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/archives/102GA/Members/h9.htm. Accessed 1 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Representative Ken Givens," Tennessee House of Representatives. Nashville: General Assembly of Tennessee, 2002. Online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/archives/102GA/Members/h9.htm. Accessed 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Representative Ken Givens," Tennessee House of Representatives. Nashville: General Assembly of Tennessee, 2002. Online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/archives/102GA/Members/h9.htm. Accessed 1 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Representative Ken Givens," Tennessee House of Representatives. Nashville: General Assembly of Tennessee, 2002. Online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/archives/102GA/Members/h9.htm. Accessed 1 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Representative Ken Givens," Tennessee House of Representatives. Nashville: General Assembly of Tennessee, 2002. Online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/archives/102GA/Members/h9.htm. Accessed 1 July 2011.