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Burns Phillips Named Commissioner Of Labor Department

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam has officially named Burns Phillips as the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department since Karla Davis resigned from the position in March due to family reasons. Phillips had previously served as managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide with the Department of Finance and Administration.

"I am very grateful to Burns for taking on this role," Haslam said in a statement. "He has both public and private sector experience and has served in multiple departments at the state level, and I appreciate his willingness to continue serving at Labor and Workforce Development."

"I am deeply honored that Gov. Haslam has given me this opportunity to serve Tennesseans," Phillips said. "I am committed to the people and to the work of Labor and Workforce Development, and I will continue to build upon the foundation we have established at the department."

The 64-year-old received both a bachelor's and master's degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, and he earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1978.

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