VOL. 125 | NO. 242 | Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tenn. Democrats Prepare for Election of New Leaders
LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Associated Press
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee House Democrats, still recovering from the drubbing they got in the November election, are trying to begin rebuilding by choosing new leadership that could include the state's first African-American as minority leader.
Democrats lost 14 seats in the House, giving Republicans a 64-34 majority.
Eight leadership positions are up for grabs in House Democratic caucus elections scheduled for Wednesday. The one drawing the most attention is the minority leader spot, partly because of the candidacy of Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.
Deberry, the chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus, is one of two people challenging Gary Odom of Nashville for the position. The other is House Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.
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