Kim McMillan has announced that she will not run for re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Kim is a Democrat from Clarksville and has served for six terms (twelve years). She is the first female Majority Leader of the House in the history of the state.
Kim is one of the brightest and most articulate people in the House. She is also one of the few remaining lawyers in the Legislature.
A lot of people have been speculating about whether Kim will run for governor in 2010. Kim and I have been friends for 20 years and I can tell you that she has not made a decision to seek that office. However, if she chooses to run, she will be a strong candidate. I think the people of Tennessee are ready for a female governor, and Kim has demonstrated that she has the knowledge and leadership skills to lead our state. If she chooses to enter that race, anyone running against her better be ready to have an intelligent discussion of the issues.