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STATEMENT FROM REPRESENTATIVE JEREMY DURHAM

For Immediate Release:
(Franklin, TN - January 24, 2016) Today, I have advised Speaker Beth Harwell, Majority
Leader Gerald McCormick and Caucus Chair Glen Casada that I am resigning my
Caucus position as Majority Whip. I will continue to work for all Tennesseans and lead
the fight in the legislature to support and uphold our state’s conservative values.
I appreciate the support shown for me by my colleagues during the recent Caucus
meeting that resulted in me retaining my position as Majority Whip. However, it is clear
that the relentless media-driven agenda against me will continue no matter the position I
hold. This targeted media campaign continues to distract our Caucus and the
Legislature from focusing on the serious work that must be done over the next few
months.
Stepping aside from my leadership position is my best attempt to put an end to my role
in the distraction. It is my duty as a Representative of my district and also as a Caucus
leader to ensure that the state’s business comes first -- and any good leader recognizes
when it’s time to take a small step back for the greater good.
I will continue to focus on the concerns of my constituents and the State of Tennessee,
lead the fight on conservative issues, and aggressively pursue re-election. By stepping
aside, it is my hope that the Caucus, the Legislature, and perhaps even the media can
avoid any further distractions and return our collective attention to the important issues
that impact the lives of our fellow Tennesseans.
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