State Representative John Gillespie this morning announced plans to seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives. Gillespie, first elected in 2020, is a leader on public safety and pro-economic development legislation.

“I’m running for a second term to make our community safer and strengthen our economy,” Gillespie remarked. 

Gillespie sponsored and passed a new law strengthening penalties for drag racing. “Drag racing has become a dangerous, common occurrence on Memphis roads and interstates. My legislation enhances the sentence for drag racing,” stated Gillespie. 

Gillespie was appointed to the powerful House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee as a freshman member. He has worked to make Tennessee more attractive to new employers and cut red tape on existing small businesses. “I was proud to support legislation that made it possible for Ford Motor Company to locate their new production facility in nearby Haywood County. This manufacturing project will grow our economy in West Tennessee and create over 20,000 new jobs when complete,” said Gillespie. 

Gillespie is a candidate in the newly redrawn House District 97, a district that encompasses most of East Memphis.