Debra Maggart won’t run for legislature; will lobby instead

Former House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart, who lost a bid for reelection in 2012, says she won’t try again in 2014, according to the Tennessean.

Instead, she announced Wednesday that she’ll serve as senior vice president of CivicPoint, the new public affairs and lobbying wing of Nashville-based Frost Brown Todd law firm.

A lifelong gun rights supporter, Maggart said earlier this year she was stunned to be ousted in 2012 after pro-gun groups supported her opponent in the primary election, state Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Good­lettsville. Maggart had supported business owners’ right to dictate whether employees could bring guns to work in their cars and park on company property.

“I am excited for this new opportunity with Frost Brown Todd, and the opportunity to help clients achieve their goals,” Maggart said in a prepared statement. “I will be forever grateful to the people of Sumner County for allowing me to serve them in the Tennessee General Assembly, and I look forward to this next challenge with CivicPoint.”