Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Andrew Farmer, Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has appointed State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, to serve on the Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG).

Chairman Farmer stands for law and order, and he is an effective leader in our General Assembly,” said Speaker Sexton. “His knowledge and experience on all issues pertaining to public safety will make him an ideal member of the Human Services & Public Safety Committee. I appreciate his willingness to serve, and I know he will do a tremendous job.”

The SLC Human Services & Public Safety Committee has a broad agenda, including addressing the challenges states face in the areas of human services and corrections, as well as policies and programs that address them. The committee frequently undertakes assessments of pressing health issues including the national opioid crisis, organ donations and long-term care, as well as various corrections issues such as aging inmate populations, female offenders and mental health parity in prisons.

I am incredibly grateful to Speaker Sexton for appointing me to this committee,” Farmer said. “I look forward to having the unique opportunity to participate in discussions with our neighbors to address issues affecting our southern states, and most importantly Tennesseans. It is an honor to represent our state on this committee.”

The Southern Legislative Conference is the largest of four legislative groups operating under The Council of State Governments. The purpose of CSG and its groups is to champion excellence in state governments to advance the common good. The SLC comprises the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Andrew Farmer represents House District 17, which includes Parts of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He is chairman of the Civil Justice Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Civil Justice and Criminal Justice Committees and the Criminal Justice Subcommittee. He can be reached at or 615-741-4419.