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State Representative Gary Hicks To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“This opportunity will enable us to gain valuable insight that will help us find new solutions to some of the health problems that are currently hindering our residents,” said Representative Hicks. “I look forward to serving with my colleagues so that we can make Tennessee a model of health and well-being that our entire nation can follow.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Gary Hicks serves on the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee and Subcommittee, the House Health Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways and Means Study Subcommittee. He lives in Rogersville and represents House District 9, which encompasses Hawkins and Hancock Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Gary.Hicks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7480.

Representative Gary Hicks Officially Sworn In; Appointed To Top House Committees

February 24, 2017

Representative Gary Hicks Officially Sworn In; Appointed To Top House Committees

(NASHVILLE) — The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Gary Hicks (R–Rogersville) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

In addition, Representative Hicks was appointed to three of the top committees in the legislature: the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee, and the House Health Committee.

Much of the activity of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee centers around the preparation of the general appropriations bill and state budget, but any measure which has a fiscal impact of $100,000 or more under the rules of the House is referred to this committee from other standing committees. All measures relating to taxes and revenue are debated within the Finance, Ways & Means Committee.

Legislation referred to the Health Committee is relevant to three major topic areas: public health, mental health, and human services. The committee also considers legislation relating to hospitals and other health and welfare institutions.

This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes lowered for all Tennesseans, measures passed to encourage job growth, and numerous government reforms.

“Our community sent me here to support policies that will strengthen our economy and produce more job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste. Today, I am proud to continue serving my constituents and doing just that,” said Representative Hicks.

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) added, “The people have placed their trust in us because of dedicated public servants like Representative Hicks whom they know will lead based upon the commonsense, conservative values of our state. I look forward to working with him to accomplish a great deal on behalf of all Tennesseans this year.”

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