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TN Sen. Jim Tracy accepts position with Trump administration

Posted November 6, 2017 3:22 p.m. EST

— A state legislator is giving up his seat to take a job with President Trump's administration.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, was appointed as the Tennessee director for rural development on Friday.

Tracy announced Monday he will be resigning from office to accept the position.

By state law, Tracy has to give up his Senate seat. The move will trigger a special election in District 14. The date of the election will be determined by the governor.

"Serving the people of the 14th Senatorial District has been the honor of my lifetime. I'm proud of my record over the past 13 years and thankful for the many friendships I've made along the way," said Tracy in a news release.

Tracy will be working within the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the quality of life for rural Tennesseans by creating jobs and eliminating poverty.

"Trena and I have been truly blessed to serve the people of the 14th District. I am excited to continue my public service promoting and strengthening Tennessee's and rural areas. This is a great opportunity to serve my nation and my state doing something I am truly passionate about. I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue to make a difference in rural Tennessee," Tracy said.

Tracy was first elected to the State Senate in 2004. He also served as speaker pro tempore of the TN Senate.