Kim McMillan, a Democratic from Clarksville who is vying to become Tennessee's next governor, will visit Woodbury next Friday for a campaign stop.
McMillian will be at a "meet and greet" hosted by J.P.'s Fine Swine BBQ on North Tatum St. beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday. She plans to tour the courthouse and other locations in the downtown area afterward.
McMillian will be the fourth gubernatorial candidate to visit Woodbury in the last few months, following preview stops by Zack Wamp, Bill Haslam and Mike McWherter.About Kim McMillan
The first woman in Tennessee history elected Majority Leader of the State House of Representatives; Kim McMillan brings a lifetime of achievement to public service. The adopted daughter of teachers, she was valedictorian of Knoxville’s South-Young High School, and an honors graduate from the University of Tennessee and the UT College of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of The Tennessee Law Review.
Kim served twelve years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, sitting on the Finance, Ways & Means Committee, the Budget Subcommittee, the Judiciary Committee, the Government Operations Committee, the Calendar and Rules Committee and was Chairperson of the House Ethics Committee and House Rules Committee. In 2002, and again in 2004, she was elected by her colleagues to the position of House Majority Leader.
During her tenure in the House, Kim was honored with numerous awards for excellence from various organizations, including the TN Chiefs of Police, the TN Education Association, the TN School Boards Association, the TN Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics, the TN Press Association, the County Officials Association of TN, and the TN Hospital Association. She was also the recipient of the Athena Award, the highest honor for women in business.
In 2006, Kim did not seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives and accepted an appointment by Governor Bredesen to his Cabinet, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Governor. In 2008, Kim returned to her hometown of Clarksville to serve as Executive Director of Community and Business Relations for Austin Peay State University. Kim is currently a faculty member at Austin Peay, teaching in the Political Science Department.
Kim is a founding board member of Leadership Middle Tennessee and is the chairman of Cumberland Bank & Trust, a community bank in Clarksville. She also serves on the board of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She practiced law with Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC in Nashville, Cunningham, Mitchell, Hicks & McMillan, in Clarksville, and with her husband in the Clarksville firm they founded, McMillan & McMillan.
Kim and her husband Larry, a native Clarksvillian, have been married for over 20 years. They have two children who attend the public schools in Clarksville, Katie 17, a high school fast-pitch softball player and Ryan 16, a high school golfer.