NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- In a release, Knoxville native and Speaker Pro-Tempore Bill Dunn announced he will not be seeking re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2020.
Dunn was first elected to the state legislature in 1994, the Republican was longest tenured House Republican at 26 years.
Dunn recently served as acting-House Speaker after the resignation of Glen Casada earlier this year.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of our community for the past 26 years as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. I have reached a point in my life where it is time for me to seek new challenges. I am not sure what my future holds, but I look forward to many new and exciting adventures.”
Along with being Speaker Pro-Tempore for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly, Dunn is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules, Education, Government Operations, and Naming, Designating & Private Acts and Transportation Committees. He is also a member of the House Curriculum, Testing, and Innovation, and the House Infrastructure Subcommittees, as well as the Judiciary & Government Subcommittee of Joint Government Operations Committee.
“I will be leaving office with our state in a stronger position than when I first came to Nashville,” said Dunn. “We have vastly improved our education system, our state is ranked number one in fiscal responsibility, and, because of the conservative leadership, we continue to attract quality jobs. I appreciate my colleagues for their friendship and for their dedication to the citizens of Tennessee. I represent the best people in the state and thank the constituents of the 16th House District for the opportunity they have given me to serve them and the great state of Tennessee.”