Many Tennessee lawmakers were in Tampa on Tuesday, where the Republican National Convention is in full swing.
Gov. Bill Haslam announced on the convention floor that all 58 Tennessee delegates had voted for Mitt Romney as their nominee for president.
After the first day of the convention was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac, Tennessee's lawmakers and delegates were ready to get down to business.
"I hope everyone has an opportunity to come to a Republican National Convention once in their lifetime. It gets everybody together. It's part of the process to take the historic step of turning our country around," said State Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville.
In addition to Haslam's duties during the roll call of the states, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn also landed a prime speaking gig at the convention as she helped form and unveil the new Republican Party platform.
"This has been a remarkable exercise in grassroots democracy, and from this day forward the GOP will be known as the 'Great Opportunity Party,'" she said.
Tennessee leaders said the roles in the spotlight are all part of the state's emergence as a GOP stronghold.
"They recognize the strength and how red our state is. We are truly dominated by the Republican party in Tennessee, so I think that was a great salute to us to have our congressman speak here at the convention," Maggart said.
Haslam said he is looking forward to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's speech later Tuesday, and he said by the end of this week people across America will truly come to know Romney.
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