Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, will retain an influential voice on some of the state’s most pressing issues with seats on the state’s Finance, Education, and Health Committees during the 112th General Assembly .
Hensley was reappointed as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Ways and Means, the Education Committee, and the Health and Welfare Committee.
“I appreciate the confidence in Lieutenant Governor McNally to continue to play this leadership role on our finance committee,” Hensley said in a statement to The Daily Herald.
“Tennessee is recognized as one of the best financially managed states in the country. I look forward to working with my colleagues on a responsible budget that perpetuates that status, while providing needed services to the people of Tennessee and bolstering our state’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Considered one of the most powerful committees of the Senate, the Finance Committee reviews all laws concerning the allocation of public funds and exercises control over bonds, pensions, investments or indebtedness.
Hensley, 28th District, has served on the committee since the 2013-14 legislative session.
Hensley won re-election to the state Senate in November 2020 alongside fellow conservative incumbents Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Columbia, and Michael Curcio, R-Dickson, who together represent Maury County.
Cepicky will chair the House Education Instruction Subcommittee and hold seats on the Education Instruction Committee, Education Administration Committee, K-12 Subcommittee, Insurance Committee and Insurance Subcommittee.
Curcio will chair the House Criminal Justice Committee of the Whole and serve on the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, the Civil Justice Committee of the Whole, the Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Schedule and Rules Committee.
A county doctor, Hensley runs a general practice in Hohenwald and has served in the state Senate since 2013, serving nearly two decades on Capitol Hill — 10 years in the House and now more than six in the Senate.
He represents Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Perry and Wayne counties.
Hensley’s medical practice has come under scrutiny in recent years, and in late October the senator admitted to prescribing opioids to family members and an employee with whom he was romantically involved.
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He practiced medicine in Lewis County for over 30 years.
On the health and welfare committee, Hensley will retain a position he has held since the 2013-2014 session.
The committee is responsible for legislation relating to all aspects of public welfare, including hospitals, nursing homes, various health professions and mental health services, people with developmental disabilities and the elderly.
Hensley has held a position on the education committee since the 2009-2010 legislative session.
The committee reviews all laws and budgets pertaining to K-12 schools and higher education, which will play a prominent role in a special session called by Governor Bill Lee on Jan. 19.
“Education has always been a top priority for me,” Hensley said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us during the special session to help students, parents and teachers with the resources they need to not only recover from the learning losses that have occurred as a result of COVID-19 , but to improve student outcomes in the long term. term.”