Tennessee lawmakers react to Trump's election victory

A number of Tennessee lawmakers posted their reactions to President-elect Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.

Here’s a compilation of what the lawmakers said:

The Tennessee GOP issued the following statement from Chairman Ryan Haynes

Americans spoke loudly tonight. They want this nation to be even better than it already is. I want to congratulate Donald Trump for his win in the race for President of the United States. The task falls to him to unite this country and promote the policy solutions that will enhance opportunity for each and every American.

“Closer to home, Tennesseans have decided to maintain—and enlarge—the Republican supermajorities in our state. It’s easy to understand why: More Tennesseans have a job than ever before, we’ve achieved new heights in education, and our state has been run in a fiscally-responsible manner under GOP leadership. We’re providing a blueprint for how this nation should be run and that would not be possible without the steady, conservative hands of Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, and Speaker Beth Harwell, as well our Republican legislators.”

 

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to President-elect Trump. The election belongs to the people and the people have voted for change. Donald Trump is the agent for that change. Now it is the responsibility of the President-elect and the Congress to work together to address the voices of anger and despair, and of hope, that we heard yesterday. This includes reducing Washington’s role in our lives, making it easier to find a good job and less expensive health care, and making our system more fair. It’s time to put the election behind us. The way to make change and move our country in the right direction is to work together to bring out the best in all of us.”

 

 

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has long been thought as a possible candidate for a position in Donald Trump's cabinet. However, Corker and Trump haven't had any conversations about specific positions in the administration since the summer, according to the congressman's office. 

Corker issued the following statement:

“I am honored Tennesseans have given me the privilege of serving them in the Senate, and I relish my role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I also am excited about the opportunity that awaits President-elect Trump, Congress, and the American people. The Trump administration has a monumental task ahead, and I certainly will be glad to provide input and recommendations as needed during this crucial period as they begin to assemble a strong team to govern our great nation.”

 

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman issued the following statement:

“I wholeheartedly congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his historic and hard-fought win.  America has spoken and it’s time Washington listens. I look forward to working with him and continuing to serve the Third District of Tennessee.” 

 

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black issued the following statement:

"Last night, we were reminded that the polls, the pundits, and the political elite don't determine elections - voters do. With Donald Trump's convincing win, Americans rejected the scandals and status quo politics of the Clinton campaign, and instead voted for real change to take our country back from the liberal stranglehold of the last eight years. I am elated over Donald Trump's decisive victory and look forward to working with him and our House and Senate Republican majorities to repeal Obamacare, protect life, secure our border, and act on other conservative reforms. With Donald Trump as our 45th President, we will make America great again." 

Black also released the following statement on her Facebook page:

“Congratulations to President-elect Donald J. Trump on an historic and decisive victory. Look forward to working with you to repeal and replace Obamacare, protect the unborn, secure our border and enact the reforms needed to build a safer and stronger America.”

 

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsay issued the following statement

“In truly historic fashion, Donald Trump has been elected President of United States capturing the votes of millions of forgotten Americans confounding experts and establishmentarians across the globe. Quite simply, he has shocked the world. His "America First" positions on trade, immigration and foreign policy spoke to a large portion of the electorate which has been denied a voice for a long time. Trump has given voice to frustrated and alienated voters who had all but given up on the political process. Now that voice will be heard. Today we begin the hard work of fulfilling the Trump promise to make America great again. I hope all Americans join me in support of President-elect Trump as he endeavors to fulfill his essential mission.”

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett tweeted:

“I got up and thought all the @HillaryClinton supporters were wrong. The sun didn't come up this morning. Then I realized it was 5:00 am.”

 

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, tweeted:

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, tweeted, “The next POTUS has a unique opportunity to make global #nutrition a top priority http://pos.li/7Dhd  #InvestInNutrition @bfrist @thehill.”

(© 2016 WBIR)


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