State Representative John Gillespie yesterday learned his committee assignments for his first term in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was named to the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Education Administration Committee, and the Civil Justice Committee. Gillespie was one of just two freshmen members appointed to the powerful Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

“Finance, education, and civil justice are critical issues facing our community, so I’m pleased with these committee assignments,” remarked Gillespie. “It’s an honor to serve on the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, particularly as a freshman. This is one of the most sought-after committees in the House. I’m grateful to Speaker Sexton for appointing me to these key committees and look forward to working with my colleagues to benefit Tennesseans,” Gillespie stated.

A graduate of High Point University, Gillespie is a native Memphian. He supports the mission of a local senior living facility by serving as Grant Coordinator. Gillespie began his career in banking and finance starting as a customer service representative at a local bank before working his way up to the mortgage division at anotherMemphisfinancialinstitution. HeisamemberofSt.John’sEpiscopal Church.

Representative Gillespie was elected to the District 97 seat in the House of Representatives in November. The district includes parts of Bartlett, Cordova, and East Memphis.