Get to know Senator Richard Briggs

KNOXVILLE (ETSPJ) – Dr. Richard Briggs is a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 7th district, which encompasses part of Knox County.

What issues are you most interested in this year?

  • The debate on how to finance the state’s infrastructure needs
  • Legislation addressing the opiate crisis and addiction in Tennessee
  • The plan to outsource maintenance services at the University of Tennessee
  • Outcome of the promise to repeal and replace the affordable Care Act
    1. The possibility of block grants to the states
    2. Solutions to the crisis of the health insurance exchange

How did you get into politics?

I had little interest in running for public office until the “Black Wednesday.” Crisis in the Knox County Government in 2007 when I decided to run for the Knox County Commission.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?

I went to high school in the alps of France.
What is your favorite snack to keep you going during a long meeting? How do you take your coffee

I do not eat a lot of junk food, but in a long meeting, I will take a plain coffee (I’m not a Starbucks or fancy coffee fan) with a hazelnut creamer and an Equal sweetener.

What is your New Year’s resolution?
Try to take more time to exercise.

To learn more about Dr. Briggs attend the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Legislative Preview Luncheon Saturday, January 14.

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