Woodson Gets Middle TN Seat on New Fish and Game Commission

Former state Sen. Jamie Woodson of Knoxville, who was Senate speaker pro tempore before resigning last year to become the chief executive of a statewide education reform organization, has been appointed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission for a six-year term representing a Middle Tennessee district.
More from Georgiana Vines’ report:
Woodson, president and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, confirmed Friday by email that her official address now is in Lebanon, Tenn., although she said she is maintaining her West Knox County home.
Woodson, a Republican, was out of her Nashville office on Friday, but in an email response to questions, she said Lebanon is where the family farm is for her and her husband, Bill Woodson, who runs a Knoxville financial investment firm.
“Since SCORE is headquartered in Nashville, Lebanon has been a great Middle Tennessee home base for our family and for the commute. It has also been the center of our family’s interest in fishing, turkey and duck hunting as well as other outdoor interests,” she said.
She said she had changed her voter registration to Wilson County.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission is a new panel, replacing the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. Some legislators, particularly state Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, had argued in recent years that the commission had abused its authority, ignored legislators and mistreated some hunters and fishermen. Commission defenders disputed the claims.
“I am very honored to serve on the commission,” Woodson said. “It will be a tremendous opportunity as we work to conserve, manage and protect the fish and wildlife resources of our great state.”
She also said she and her husband continue to own Horse Fly Farm off Nubbin Ridge Road.
The new commission continues to have 13 voting members, with nine appointed by the governor and two each by the speakers of the House and Senate. Also, two members of the governor’s Cabinet are “ex-officio” members.

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