NASHVILLE - Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announced today that he is naming Chattanooga attorney Bart Quinn to the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Quinn will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of panel member Bill Young, who is stepping down Sept. 1 to become the state's solicitor general.
The Judicial Nominating Commission was created in 2009 when Ramsey, who is Senate speaker, and fellow Republicans revamped the process for selecting state's appellate judges. The new panel, which replaced the Judicial Selection Commission, has 17 members and recommends nominees to state appellate courts and the Tennessee Supreme Court when vacancies arise.
Ramsey in a news release called Quinn "an outstanding lawyer committed to an exemplary judiciary. I'm proud to appoint him and have every expectation that he will strengthen Tennessee's judiciary."
Calling Tennessee "an outstanding state which deserves outstanding judges," Quinn said he is honored that Ramsey is allowing him to "contribute to the improvement of our judiciary."
Quinn works for the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. A graduate of the University of Tennessee's School of Law, Quinn practices primarily in the areas of employment law and workers' compensation representing several large corporations.
He is a former member of the Hamilton County Election Commission.