Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell said she’s running for Tennessee governor.
Harwell said she has "a proven, practical results record" with nearly 30 years of legislative experience including six years in leadership. Harwell cited her work on issues ranging from taxes to education during an interview.
When Harwell was elected House speaker in 2011, she became the first woman to serve in the post, and she’s among the longest-serving current members in the House.
Other Republicans running to succeed term-limited Republic Governor Bill Haslam in 2018 included Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Williamson County businessman Bill Lee, and State Senator Mae Beavers.