Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Mike Bell won't seek re-election in 2022

Staff Photo by Andy Sher / Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Mike Bell, R-Riceville, listens as fellow GOP colleagues speak during a Senate Republican Caucus meeting April 5, 2021.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Mike Bell, R-Riceville, announced Monday he won't seek re-election to his District 9 seat in 2022, ending what will be a 16-year political career in the General Assembly.

In a statement, the 58-year-old Bell, first elected to the state House in 2006 where he served two terms before entering the Senate in 2010, called his service in the legislature "the highest honor of my life."

"I am incredibly thankful for the continued support, friendship and kindness of my constituents who have entrusted me to represent for the past 15 years. Just as I knew it was time for me to run for office in 2006, I feel it is now time to move to the next chapter of my life and pass the leadership mantle to a new state senator."

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