Russell Johnson appointee to

State Judicial Nominating Commission

By: Pat Hunter

August 31, 2009

Members to the Judicial Nominating Commission were recently appointed by the speakers of the state Senate and House. Republican House Chair Kent Williams named his appointees to serve on the commission, which include district attorney general Russell Johnson, Loudon County. Johnson was appointed to the 17- member State Judicial Nominating Commission. Other appointees named by Speaker Kent Williams:
David Bautista, Carter County
Mary Helen Beard, Shelby County
Ana L. Escobar, Davidson County
Edward L. Martindale, Jr., Madison County
William Scott Sims, Davidson County
Denise Terry Stapleton, Hamblen County
C. Barry Ward, Tipton County

Russ Johnson applied for the commission and he was one of two hundred thirty six (236) applicants vying for a spot on the commission. Click to view Russ Johnson's application.

The Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with vetting candidates for the judiciary in Tennessee, formerly the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission.  "The commission will review and recommend applicants for vacancies on appellate and state trial courts across Tennessee."

Appointments by Lt. Governor Ramsey:
Miles Burdine, Sullivan County
Christopher Campbell, Shelby County
Christopher Clem, Hamilton County
William Jenkins, Jr. Dyer County
Thomas Lawless, Davidson County
Theresa Lee, Washington County
Jack Lowery, Wilson County
William Young, Hamilton County

Joint Appointment
Verna Wyatt, Davidson County