Former House GOP Leader Hargett Named Director Of TRA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey nominated former House Republican leader Tre Hargett to serve as a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

The TRA is responsible for setting the rates and service standards of privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities.

Hargett would serve out the rest of former Director Pat Miller's term, which ends June 30th, followed by a full six-year term. Miller was named Governor Bredesen's legislative director last month.

Hargett's nomination will have to be approved by the House and Senate. The job pays $150,000 a year.

Hargett is currently a vice president of emergency services provider Rural/Metro Corporation in Oak Ridge. He defeated a three-term Republican incumbent in 1996 to represent the Memphis suburb of Bartlett in the General Assembly. Hargett had previously served as chairman of the Shelby County Young Republicans.

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