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Hicks named chairman of 'Black Hole' subcommittee

Hank Hayes • Aug 27, 2019 at 10:15 PM

NASHVILLE — New Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton has named Rep. Gary Hicks, R-Rogersville, chairman of the powerful House Finance Subcommittee.

The 14-person subcommittee, also referred to as “the Black Hole,” is responsible for all measures related to taxes and the raising of revenue, the appropriation of state funds, as well as the approval of the general appropriations bill before it is moved to the full House Finance Committee.

“Rep. Hicks has a passion for all financial aspects of state government and extensive experience serving on the House Finance Committee throughout his time in our General Assembly,” said Sexton, R-Crossville. “I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important leadership capacity, and I know his talents will make him an effective leader.”

Hicks was appointed in 2015 to fill out the term of former Rep. Mike Harrison, a Rogersville Republican who also served as chairman of the House Finance Subcommittee.

“I am grateful to Speaker Sexton for appointing me to lead our House Finance Subcommittee,” Hicks said. “Our citizens expect us to be responsible stewards of their tax dollars, and that is what this committee will do. Because of our thoughtful investments in recent years, this state is a national economic leader, and our work will ensure these successful trends continue.”

Hicks represents Tennessee House District 9 in the Tennessee General Assembly, which includes Hancock and Hawkins counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Gary.Hicks@capitol.tn.gov or by phone at (615) 741-7480.

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