Swann announces bid for re-election to state House
From Staff Reports
Incumbent State Rep. Art Swann has officially announced his intentions to seek re-election to the Tennessee State House.
Bringing jobs and creating a positive economic environment for Blount County will be his top priority.
“I’m excited about the challenges ahead, but understand we still have work to do on several fronts and none more important than job creation,” Swann said in a news release. “I want to continue to help Blount County be competitive for job creators, by keeping taxes low and eliminating unnecessary regulations.”
Swann is opposed for the Republican nomination for the 8th District seat by Blount County Education Association President Grady Caskey.
The state primary election will be held Aug. 2. The presidential and state general elections will be held Nov. 6.
Swann said he plans to continue to work with local officials to create a pro-growth environment for businesses willing to locate in Blount County.
Born and raised in Blount County, Swann is a 7th generation East Tennessean. A 1975 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in political science, Swann was first elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 1984, serving two terms before returning to the state house in 2010.
He currently serves on the House Commerce Committee, House Conservation and Environment Committee, and is Secretary of the House Children and Family Affairs Committee. Swann was also a Blount County commissioner from 1978-1982.
Swann has been married to his wife Janet for 23 years and is a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He and his brother Joe Swann operated Cherokee Lumber County for 25 years before currently serving as a Forrest Product representative for Everhart Lumber Company.