The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the 109th General Assembly in Tennessee.
As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.
In addition, Rep. Pody was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Committee by Speaker Beth Harwell. The Consumer and Human Resources Committee reviews legislation dealing with consumer protection laws, and all human resource and labor law regulations statewide.
Along with his Chairmanship appointment, Rep. Pody will also serve as a member of the serve as a member of the of the Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee. The Insurance & Banking Committee considers legislation regarding insurance, banks, and other financial institutions.
This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes lowered for all Tennesseans, measures passed to encourage job growth, and numerous government reforms.
"Our community sent me here to support policies that will strengthen our economy and produce more job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste. Today, I am proud to continue serving my constituents and doing just that," said Representative Pody. "In addition, I am truly honored to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Consumer & Human Resources Committee and look forward getting to work in the coming weeks."
House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) added, "It is a pleasure guiding the House of Representatives and working alongside talented and dedicated individuals like Representative Pody. I am confident we are going to accomplish a great deal this session for all Tennesseans."