Tre Hargett

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Tre Hargett
Secretary of State of Tennessee
Assumed office
January 15, 2009
Governor Bill Haslam
Preceded by Riley Darnell
Chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority
In office
February 2008 – January 2009
Governor Phil Bredesen
Preceded by Pat Miller
Succeeded by Kenneth Hill
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 97th district
In office
Preceded by Tim Joyce
Succeeded by Jim Coley
Personal details
Born (1969-02-07) February 7, 1969 (age 48)
Ripley, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dawn Simbeck
Children 2
Education University of Memphis
Website Government website

Tre Hargett (born February 7, 1969 in Ripley, Tennessee) is an American Republican Party politician who currently is serving as the Secretary of State of Tennessee. He is the son of Tennessee Adjutant General Gus L. Hargett Jr. He is a Southern Baptist.[1]


Hargett earned a B.B.A. in accounting with honors from Memphis State University as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis.

Public service[edit]

Hargett served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1996 to 2006 representing District 97 (Bartlett and Memphis). He succeeded State Representative Tim Joyce.[2] He was twice elected Republican Leader by his colleagues. He was succeeded by Jim Coley.

In 2007, he was nominated to the position of Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) chairman, which sets the rates and service standards of privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities.[3] Hargett succeeded Pat Miller.[4] He was confirmed by the Tennessee General Assembly and served from February 2008 through January 2009.[5] He was succeeded by Dr. Kenneth Hill.[6]

In January 2009, the state legislature's new Republican majority voted to replace longtime Secretary of State Riley Darnell with Hargett. Hargett immediately resigned from his position as TRA chairman and took office as secretary of state on January 15, 2009.

The Secretary of State's office is responsible for keeping a register of the official acts and proceedings of the governor and providing those records to the General Assembly. The department maintains all acts and resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and all state administrative rules and regulations. It also collects and maintains other business records for the state, including corporate charters, annual reports, trademarks and notary commissions. Divisions include Administrative Procedures, Business Services, Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming, Elections, Publications and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Private sector[edit]

In the private sector, Hargett worked for Rural/Metro, an emergency services provider. At the time of his appointment as TRA chairman, Hargett was serving as the corporation's Vice President for the Southern Region.[3]


External links[edit]

Tennessee House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Joyce
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 97th district

Succeeded by
Jim Coley
Political offices
Preceded by
Riley Darnell
Secretary of State of Tennessee