Sam Whitson  Republican Candidate for state representative, District 65

Sam Whitson

Republican Candidate for state representative, District 65

Sam Whitson

Republican Candidate for state representative, District 65

Age and occupation: 66, U.S. Army colonel (retired) and state legislator.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from MTSU (1976), master’s degree from University of Oklahoma (1984), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1989), U.S. Army War College (1998).

Family: Wife, Pam (married 46 years), two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.  

Community/civic affiliations (church, nonprofits, etc.): Chairman of the House Infrastructure Subcommittee, member of House Transportation Committee, Health Committee, Finance, Ways & Means full and sub committees. Foreman of the Williamson County Grand Jury, Chairman of Franklin’s Battlefield Preservation Commission, chairman of the Cannons on the Square Committee, chairman of the Carter House State Historical Site, secretary for Franklin’s Charge Inc. Board member for Tennessee Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection, Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee History for Kids and Franklin’s Charge. Member of Franklin’s First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 215, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4893, Elks Lodge No. 72, Williamson Inc., Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce, Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Noon Rotary, Save the Franklin Battlefield; Battle of Franklin Trust, Disabled American Veterans and Middle Tennessee chapter of Military Officers Association of America.

History as candidate: Elected to state house, District 65, in 2016 and 2018.

Why are you running for this office?

Lifelong dedication to public service and making our nation, Tennessee, Williamson County and the 65th House District better for the next generation.  

Same reason I made a commitment to serve 26 years as a Regular Army officer. My proven work ethic, extensive leadership experience and long-term community involvement provide me the knowledge and understanding that it takes teamwork and common sense to address and solve the challenges facing our county and state.

What are the top three issues you believe state representatives should address in the next General Assembly?

Ensure our educators, public health workers, emergency management agencies and first responders have the resources they need to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Help our small businesses, job creators, and employees recover from the financial and public health impacts of the virus and get our economy back on track.

Get back to the business of governing: fully fund infrastructure (roads and broadband); support public education; and improve public health, safety and security.

 

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?

Extensive local community involvement and successful leadership experience. 

As an experienced legislator and career military officer, I know how to successfully work with others and to ethically and responsibly lead by example. 

Proven record of working with my Republican leadership and across party lines to do what’s best for Tennessee. Numerous achievements include the Katie Beckett Waiver, funding public education, Tennessee’s first Alzheimer’s Advisory Council and prioritized funding for much-needed infrastructure projects.

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