Tennessee Supreme Court Judge retiring

Justice Sharon Lee is the only Supreme Court member from East Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Governor Bill Lee will be able to replace another Bredesen appointee to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Justice Sharon Lee informed the current Governor that she plans to retire next year.

Lee is a native of Madisonville in East Tennessee, where she served as a judge and the attorney for Monroe County.

She is the longest serving member of the State Supreme Court and the only one from East Tennessee.

“Serving in the Tennessee Judiciary for the past 19 years has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Justice Lee said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Tennesseans and have done my best to fulfill my judicial oath by upholding the state and federal Constitutions and administering justice faithfully and impartially.”

Justice Lee is also the only remaining member to be appointed by a Democratic Governor (she was retained by voters in 3 different elections since then).

Republican Bill Lee will choose her replacement, who must be approved the legislature.

Republicans own a super majority of the legislature.

After being appointed, each justice then faces a “yes-no” retention vote by the public every eight years.

“Justice Lee has always been forward-thinking, innovative and open-minded,” Chief Justice Roger A. Page said. “She has never forgotten where she came from and the people she serves. She is a justice of the people and has advocated for transparency and ensuring the Court’s opinions and orders use language that are accessible to everyone, not just attorneys. She has served her state well and the Court wishes her all the best in her retirement.”

Justic Lee has won several awards as a trailblazer for women in the law, including a University of Tennessee Distinguished Alumna Award.

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