Senator Brenda Gilmore to retire after this year

A longtime senator announces her retirement.
Published: Apr. 15, 2022 at 10:32 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A longtime Tennessee politician is retiring after this year.

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Capitol confirmed Senator Brenda Gilmore will retire from the state legislature after this year.

Gilmore, 70, has served the Nashville community for over two decades and currently represents Nashville’s 19th District.

“It’s just time,” Gilmore said. “I want to retire while I’m young enough and healthy enough to help the next generation of leaders.”

She has served on various committees during her career, Conservation and Environment Committee and Commerce Committee in the House. During her time in the Senate, Gilmore was a member of the Transportation and Safety Committee and the committee for Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Gilmore was born in Sumner County and graduated with a business degree from Tennessee State University. She earned her master’s in human resources at Vanderbilt and eventually became Director at Vanderbilt University.

Gilmore began her career in public service in 1999 as a member of the Nashville Metro Council.

“Samaritan recovery community is building a 130-bed facility to treat patients and part of that is because of what she’s done, Shelby house is building 480 affordable apartments on this property all of that is part of Senator Gilmore’s legacy,” said Executive Director Mark Lasko.

It’s mot just Lasko, leaders at Fifty Forward, an elderly nonprofit said her passion will be missed.

“She has been a tireless supporter of the community for so many years so I guess it’s time for her to take some time for herself now,” said Fifty Forward CEO Sallie Hussey.

As she steps down, Gilmore said she is pushing for democratic candidate Keeda Hanyes to take her spot.

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