Reaction to Armstrong’s retirement

Statements to media on the retirement of state Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville:

Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators
The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators is publicly expressing it’s gratitude to State Representative Joe Armstrong of Knoxville for his years of service in the Tennessee State Legislature.’

Caucus Chair Brenda Gilmore said today “for almost 30 years, Joe Armstrong has worked hard serving the people of Knoxville in the State Legislature. He also had a distinguished record of public service in his community prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 1988.

“Joe Armstrong has been a tireless warrior for the disenfranchised of this state. He served as Chair of numerous House Committees during his legislative career and as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Representative Armstrong’s experience, institutional knowledge and diplomacy will definitely be missed in the Tennessee General Assembly.”


House Speaker Beth Harwell
“I appreciate Rep. Armstrong’s long service to our state. I know he has a deep respect for the integrity of the House, and he is doing the right thing for his family, constituents, and his colleagues.”

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini
“Since 1988 Rep. Joe Armstrong has been a strong and an effective voice for his constituents at the state legislature. Whether he was serving in his capacity as Minority Leader Pro-Tempore in the House or working hard on behalf of children with dyslexia and our students and teachers, Rep. Armstrong has been a fierce advocate for ordinary Tennesseans. Tennessee is a better place because of his service and I wish Rep. Armstrong and his wife, LaTonia, all the best in his retirement.”

Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville, chair of Knox County delegation
“Today’s announcement by Representative Armstrong closes an unfortunate chapter for our community. This episode shouldn’t overshadow the good work he’s done for Knox County in the Tennessee General Assembly. However, I believe this was the best resolution for the citizens of Knox County. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”