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ETEC Meeting: Tre Hargett, TN Secretary of State
February 5, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Secretary of State
State of Tennessee
Tre Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th Secretary of State in 2009. A native of Ripley, Secretary Hargett now lives in Hendersonville with his wife, Dawn, and their two sons. He is a Southern Baptist and attends Bluegrass Baptist Church.
Secretary Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of nearly 400 employees. He also serves on 15 boards and commissions, and as the presiding member of the Tennessee Local Development Authority and the Public Records Commission.
Since elected Secretary of State, he has made it his priority to increase transparency in state government by working with his colleagues in making the proceedings of numerous boards and commissions more accessible to the public. In his office he promotes a culture that places a premium on customer service, and leveraging technology to create efficiencies that cause savings for the taxpayers and those individuals and businesses who conduct business with the Department of State.
In 2010, Secretary Hargett was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow, an honor given to 40 of the nation’s top state government officials. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) where he serves as Treasurer and serves on the board of directors of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Secretary Hargett has also been recognized for his support of National History Day.
Previously, he served as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Prior to joining the Tennessee Regulatory Authority he was regional vice president for a publicly traded emergency services provider. It was in this role that he had oversight of more than 500 employees and $50 million in revenues.
Secretary Hargett also served for 10 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, during which time he was twice elected Republican leader by his colleagues. Secretary Hargett sponsored or co-sponsored numerous bills over the course of his service. He was a driving force behind several measures to increase transparency in government, including increased electronic disclosure of campaign contributions and increasing the requirements of officials’ public statements of interest. He also co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution One, which allowed for a statewide constitutional amendment permitting local governments to initiate property tax relief for senior citizens.
Secretary Hargett earned a B.B.A. in Accounting with honors from Memphis State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Memphis where he was recently honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus.