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Representative Mark White, West Tennessee Economic Development Caucus Hosting Gubernatorial & Senate Candidates

September 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis) and members of the West Tennessee Economic Development Caucus today announced they will host a series of four luncheons featuring each Tennessee Gubernatorial and U.S Senate candidate.

The luncheons will be held at the Southwest Tennessee Development District facilities, located at 102 East College Street in Jackson, Tennessee and will begin at 11:30AM. Dates are as follows:

  • Monday, October 8
  • Friday, October 12
  • Tuesday, October 23 — U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn
  • TBD – Tennessee Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Lee

Additional guest speakers for the series include Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton, Tennessee Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Director David Salyers, State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, and University of Tennessee Martin Chancellor Keith Carver.

“This series provides a unique opportunity for our stakeholders to learn more about the men and women who desire to serve them in the Governor’s Office and the U.S. Senate,” said Representative White. “I am excited to host them as they visit our region, and I look forward to hearing their ideas about important issues that will impact the future success of our local economies.”

The West Tennessee Economic Development Caucus is comprised of Tennessee General Assembly members from the Western Grand Division of the state. Its stakeholders are members of the public and private sector from all over the western region of Tennessee who are committed to economic and community development within their communities.

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.

State Representatives Kevin Vaughan, Mark White, & Department of Education Announce Growth Funding

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville), State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that both Collierville Schools and Germantown Municipal School District have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in West Tennessee.

Specifically, Germantown Municipal School District received $269,500. Collierville Schools were awarded $524,500.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“This investment in our local schools is great news for our community,” said Representative Vaughan. “I pledge to our residents that I will continue to fight for additional resources in order to ensure that our teachers and students have the tools they need to succeed.”

“I am pleased that my colleagues and I have been able to secure this critical funding that will support the work of our teachers and allow our children to achieve their educational goals and dreams,” said Chairman White. “When we support our teachers, our students can focus all of their attention on learning, and all of Tennessee benefits.”

The inclusion of growth funding as part of the budget has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that the governor has added an additional $18 million in growth funding as part of his Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at: Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.

State Representative Mark White To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis) 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 health and overall quality of life.

“While we have made considerable progress improving the health and well-being of the citizens of our community, it remains clear that we have more work ahead of us,” said Representative White. “I believe this caucus will provide a fresh perspective that will enable us to create innovative solutions to better current health trends in communities across our state.”

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

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.