Governor Lee Announces New Members Of Governor's Council For Judicial Appointments

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday announced four new members to the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments which is responsible for recommending candidates to the governor to fill vacancies for Tennessee’s appellate courts. 

“The Council for Judicial Appointments reflects some of the brightest legal minds in our state,” said Governor Lee. “The work they do to ensure we have the most qualified candidates is vital to the health of our justice system.” 

The council includes three members from each of the Grand Divisions and two at-large members. Gif Thornton of Nashville, who is currently the managing partner at Adams and Reese, LLP will chair the council.

Additional new members include: 

David McKinney of Memphis, who is currently the vice president of Government Relations for AutoZone, Inc. 

Jody Pickens of Jackson, who is currently the district attorney general for the 26th Judicial District 

Charles Tuggle of Memphis, who is currently the general counsel for First Horizon National Corp.

Current members of the council, including George Brown, Sarah K. Campbell, David Golden, Rosemarie Hill, Michelle Long and Cheryl Rice, will continue to serve.



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