NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Democratic Caucus elected not only its first African American minority leader, but the first African American woman to hold the position in Tennessee history.
State representative Karen Camper won the position on Sunday Nov. 25 during the caucus election. She's been a state representative for Memphis since 2008.
"My first thought was I was honored that they had the confidence in me to be the new leader," said Camper.
She said she's always wanted to be a politician out of a desire to help people.
Camper speaks softly, but has a hearty laugh. She told a NewsChannel 5 reporter she never thought she would be a part of Tennessee history, but believes she can use the position to empower other women.
"Cause these little girls who are going to be looking up to me. A lot of young college students. They're going to be looking up to me, for guidance, leadership. So, it's a lot to be on your shoulders. I think I'm prepared for it. I think I can handle it," she said.
Camper will replace current minority leader Craig Fitzhugh. She'll be inaugurated in January.
She said she's already talked with republican caucus leader-to-be William Lamberth about both parties working together for Tennesseans.