By Betsy Thorpe
On January 5, 2009,Rep. Zach Wamp, of Chattanooga announced that he will be running for Governor of Tennessee in the Republican primaries in 2010. Following his announcement Congressman Wamp stated ” I believe the time is at hand for me to expand my service to help even more people in our great state by pursuing the office of governor”.
On Monday February 2, 2009 Congressman Wamp will stop at Shoney’s Resuaurant on Highway 70 South in Bellevue, at 7:00 pm where he will talk to voters in the restaurants private dining room . The Congressman is currently traveling across the state, listening to the priorities and concerns of Tennesseans as he campaigns for Governor. Prior to the Congressman’s arrival various groups and individuals will arrive at the restuarant to purchase their dinner, starting at 5:00pm. The public is invited to attend.
Rep. Zach Wamp is a Chattanooga native. He assumed office in 1995 and now serves with seniority as a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee. Using conservative principles, he has established himself as a leader on national issues like alternative energy, preventive health care and global security. He is also the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which funds our military installations at home and abroad and resources the important benefits for our nation’s 23 million veterans. He has served for 12 years on the Energy and Water Subcommittee, which oversees and funds our national missions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex and the replacement of the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River. Among the Congressman’s legislative accomplishments are, Modernizing the National Trail of Tears legislation adding sites and trails to more accurately depict the Cherokee removal, replacing the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River, establishing the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District as part of the National Park Service to protect Moccasin Bend for future generations and create a living monument to the area’s rich heritage, naming the largest public space in the U.S. Capitol building “Emancipation Hall” to honor the slaves that helped build this “temple of freedom,” establishing landmark energy efficiency measures as part of the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, and helping to create and fund the nation’s premier statewide task force to combat methamphetamine production and passing legislation to protect the innocent children taken from “meth homes.”
Congressman Wamp is well known to the national media and has been featured in a number of national publications articulating his conservative social and economic policies.