NASHVILLE, TN), January 11, 2011 -- State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) took the oath of office on Tuesday in Nashville as the 107th General Assembly was gaveled into session. The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice William Koch, Jr. during the organizational session which is expected to end on Saturday after the inauguration of Governor-elect Bill Haslam.
"Taking the oath of office is an incredibly humbling experience,” said Senator Bell. “The people of the ninth district have entrusted me with a very important job, and I will work every day to earn the trust of all the people that I represent.”
This will be Bell’s first term in the State Senate. He served two terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the State Senate last November.
The legislature will recess for three weeks after the organizational session ends before beginning the regular legislative session to allow for office assignments and to await budget details.