Rep. Clay Doggett’s Newsroom

Rep. Doggett supports Martin Methodist College joining the University of Tennessee System

September 16, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Rep. Clay Doggett (R-Pulaski) today announced he fully supports Martin Methodist College’s potential move to join the University of Tennessee system.

According to multiple media reports, the two institutions signed a nonbinding letter of intent on Sept. 11, which opens up the possibility of the UT system acquiring the private liberal arts college, located in Pulaski, Tennessee.

Both Boards of Trustees, as well as the Tennessee General Assembly, and the institutions’ regional accreditors would have to approve the acquisition before it is finalized.

“I am excited about and I fully support Martin Methodist College potentially joining the University of Tennessee System,” said Rep. Doggett. “We have the best state college system in the entire nation, and the addition of Martin Methodist College would not only strengthen the entire system, this move would also enhance the profile of our fine institution, as well as our community.”

Founded in 1870, Martin Methodist College has a current enrollment of about 900 students, most of which are undergraduates. This potential acquisition would be the system’s first new campus since the addition of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1969.

Clay Doggett lives in Pulaski and represents Tennessee House District 70, which includes Giles and part of Lawrence County in the Tennessee General Assembly. He is the Majority Caucus Secretary and Vice-Chair of the House Commerce Committee, as well as a member of the House Judiciary and the Business and Criminal Justice Subcommittees.



Speaker Casada Names Representative Doggett Vice-Chairman Of House Commerce Committee

January 16, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Clay Doggett (R-Pulaski) Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee. This is an honor rarely bestowed upon first-year lawmakers.

The 18-person House Commerce Committee will be responsible for all matters pertaining to Tennessee commerce. This includes all laws related to business and utilities, as well as legislation concerning banking and lending institutions.

“We are fortunate to have an extremely gifted group of freshman lawmakers, and Representative Doggett has already emerged as one of its leaders,” said Speaker Casada. “I am excited about the new energy and ideas he will bring to this important committee, and our General Assembly, and I know he will be successful.”

“I am humbled that Speaker Casada has chosen me to serve as one of the leaders of the House Commerce Committee,” said Representative Doggett. “Tennessee is experiencing economic growth and prosperity unlike any time we have ever seen before. My colleagues and I are committed to creating new solutions and allocating additional resources to ensure these successful trends continue in Tennessee.”

Representative Doggett was officially sworn in to office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

He is currently the House Republican Caucus Secretary and will also serve as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, as well as the House Business and Criminal Justice Subcommittees. Doggett lives in Pulaski and represents Tennessee House District 70, which includes Giles and part of Lawrence Counties.

Representative Clay Doggett To Serve As Secretary For Republican Caucus During 111th General

November 28, 2018

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Clay Doggett (R-Pulaski) has been unanimously elected by his peers to serve as Secretary for the House Republican Caucus during the upcoming 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

This is a leadership position rarely held by freshman caucus members. In his new role as Secretary, Representative Doggett will preside in the absence of the Caucus Chairman and Vice-Chairman. He will also be responsible for tracking discussion items from caucus meetings and distributing communications related to these items and other important issues as directed by the Caucus Chairman or by action of the caucus.

“I am humbled and honored that my colleagues have afforded me the opportunity to serve as Secretary during the upcoming 111th General Assembly,” said Representative Doggett. “I look forward to working with our newly elected leaders and our entire membership in order to ensure Tennessee remains a model for success that our entire nation can follow.”

“Representative Doggett is an effective leader in his local community and has proven he is ready to lead,” said Tennessee House Speaker-Elect Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station). “We are fortunate to have him in our caucus and as a member of our leadership team. I look forward to working alongside him, and I know Representative Doggett will be incredibly successful in this important role.”

“Clay Doggett is well-respected by our House Republican Caucus membership, and I am eager to work with him in this unique leadership position,” said House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Cottontown). “I know Representative Doggett is dedicated to serving our members, the citizens of his community, and our entire state, and I know he will do a great job as Secretary for our caucus.”

“The Tennessee House Republican Caucus is fortunate to have an incredibly gifted freshman class, and Clay Doggett has already proven he is ready to be one of its leaders,” said House Republican Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville). “I am excited to work with Representative Doggett, and I know he is uniquely positioned to help us better unify our membership so we can further advance our priorities.”

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly officially convenes at noon on January 8, 2019.