Governor Lee Seizes Opportunity to Appoint Third Justice
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has selected Mary Wagner as the newest justice on the state’s Supreme Court. This appointment comes after the retirement of Justice Sharon Lee, giving Governor Lee the chance to make his third appointment to the five-member court.
A Highly Qualified Judge
Mary Wagner, a circuit court judge who was elected in 2018 and reelected in 2022, has been chosen by Governor Lee for this prestigious position. Wagner, a former associate at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC and adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, brings extensive experience and a deep understanding of the law to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Governor Lee expressed his confidence in Wagner, stating, “Her understanding and respect for the rule of law and commitment to the conservative principles of judicial restraint make her well-suited for the state’s highest court.” This appointment reflects Governor Lee’s dedication to appointing justices who align with his conservative values and commitment to upholding the law.
The Confirmation Process and Retention Elections
While Governor Lee has chosen Wagner as his pick for the Supreme Court, her appointment must still be confirmed by state lawmakers. With Republicans holding a supermajority in both legislative chambers, it is expected that she will receive the necessary confirmation.
It is important to note that Supreme Court justices in Tennessee face “yes-no” retention elections every eight years. In the most recent 2022 election, voters retained Justice Lee and the other four justices on the court. This highlights the importance of public support and confidence in the judiciary.
A Bright Future for the Tennessee Supreme Court
With the appointment of Mary Wagner, the Tennessee Supreme Court is set to continue its work in upholding justice and interpreting the law. Wagner’s qualifications and dedication to conservative principles make her a fitting addition to the highest court in the state. Governor Lee’s appointment marks another milestone in shaping the future of Tennessee’s judiciary.