Rep. Eddie Smith to chair Knox legislative delegation

Freshman Republican Rep. Eddie Smith has been elected chairman of Knox County’s delegation in the General Assembly, reports Georgiana Vines as part of a collection of notes on legislator doings.

Ryan Haynes had served as chairman of the Knox County delegation until he resigned in April to become state Republican chairman.

The main responsibility of the chairman is to coordinate meetings that affect all members of the delegation, like one the group had with hospital executives on Friday. State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey coordinated an informal ballot on the position, several legislators said.

“Some of those who have been there awhile have more responsibilities,” Smith said.