The Shelbyville Times-Gazette has a write-up on Gov. Bill Haslam’s new legislative director, identifying the Bedford County native in the lead paragraph as “a Cascade High School graduate.” An excerpt:
Warren Wells, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, currently serves as deputy director for legislation but will become director for legislation on Aug. 1. Leslie Hafner, the current legislative director, will become senior advisor to the governor.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Wells.
Wells, 31, attended Cascade from kindergarten through high school, graduating in 2002. He said his family lived several different places in Bedford County during that time. Wells was homecoming king and senior class president while at Cascade.
Wells attended Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University. He studied criminal justice and originally thought of that as a career. But he eventually became interested in government.
Wells served in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, working convoy security with the Army National Guard unit from Shelbyville. He earned a Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal.
After he returned, he pursued a career in government. His sights were originally set on Washington, D.C., but he ended up getting an internship working for the state legislature.
That led to work as a research analyst for the Senate Transportation Committee and for State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville. He joined the Haslam administration as a legislative liaison to the Department of Finance and Administration.
“I personally know Warren Wells, since he worked for me for several years,” said Tracy in a statement to the Times-Gazette. “From my dealings with Warren, I can tell you he is a dedicated, hardworking public servant with exceptional leadership qualities. I think Gov. Haslam made an excellent choice when he picked Warren to be his director for legislation.”
…Wells is married to the former Jessica Stinson, who he’d known since they were in kindergarten together at Cascade. They started dating while he was home on leave during his Iraq service. The couple have a son, four-year-old Walker, and they live in Murfreesboro.