Friday, May 06, 2022

***TOMORROW***Bellevue Breakfast Club - May 7, 2022

From Lonnie Spivak:

Greetings Breakfast Club Members

Because of a scheduled event at Plantation Pub, we will have a new location for May, but after our meeting you can run over to the Plantation Pub and take part in their annual crawfish boil.

If you missed last month's meeting, you missed a good one, and I expect the same for May. I'm sure most of you know our next speaker, former Speaker of the Tennessee House, Beth Harwell. For eight years Beth helped guide Tennessee to a position of strength and prosperity. There is certainly no doubt, Beth is a bona fide republican. Please plan to attend at our temporary location, Saturday, May 7th on the enclosed patio at Corner Pub in the Woods, located at 8058 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221.

The doors will open at 8:30 am, and will get things started around 8:45 am. Breakfast will be served as usually, and the $5 fee will go to support the server for showing up early for our group. Huge shout-out to they guys at Plantation Pub and Corner Pub for helping us keep the first Saturday tradition alive.

Hope to see you there.



Beth has called Tennessee home since moving to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University for college. Following graduation, she moved on to Vanderbilt University for her PhD. Beth currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. After having fallen in love with Nashville and her husband, Sam, Beth started her own family, raising three children: Allie, Sam, and Tucker.

She began as an assistant professor of political science at Belmont University in 1986, but because of her love for service and her community, Beth made the decision to run for the 56th legislative district. While she lost her first run, she came back again two years later to win the seat.

In her time as the State Representative of the 56th District, Beth worked her way up from the Chairwoman of the House Commerce Committee to House Republican Caucus Whip, eventually becoming the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House in Tennessee and the entire Southeast.

Under her leadership, Tennessee cut more taxes in her eight-year tenure than any other time in Tennessee history including the eliminating the Hall Income Tax, repealing the Death Tax, and reducing the state sales tax on food. She also led the fight to reform the state pension program which brought Tennessee into the Top 5 states to fund state pensions.

Beth has impacted Tennessee’s education system in numerous ways, always maintaining a legislative focus on innovative education policy. In 2009, she passed landmark education reform legislation by making charter schools accessible to families all over the state. In addition, she pushed passage of legislation to direct additional funds for improvement of training for daycare workers.

In 2019, Beth was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which covers Tennessee and surrounding states, it is a federally owned electric utility corporation.

Beth served as chair of the state Republican Party from 2001 to 2004. During that time, she was instrumental in the Republicans taking control of the State Senate for the first time in 105 years

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