Tennessee Representative Joe Armstrong will discuss the recently ended state legislative session at the Thursday, May 28, dinner meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Womenâ€™s Club. The club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Power Squadron at 343 Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge.
Armstrong, who represents the 15th House District in Knox County, began his political career in 1982 as a Knox County commissioner. He was elected vice chairman of the Knox County Commission in 1986. In 1988, he sought and won election to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Now serving in his 11th legislative term, Armstrong has served as chair of the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee and the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators.Â Currently, he is chair of the Tennessee Black Health Care Commission, which he helped establish in 1995.
An advocate of legislation to improve the quality of life for all citizens, Armstrong has authored key bills regarding the Meharry Wellness program and the Tennessee Health Safety Net program, a press release said.
It said Armstrong is a lifetime member of the NAACP, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and serves as usher and trustee for theÂ FirstÂ A.M.E.Â Zion Church. He is a graduate of theÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ TennesseeÂ with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
The Thursday dinner will be catered by Vernonâ€™s Burnins, with pulled pork barbecue, slaw, baked beans, and potatoes. Homemade desserts will be provided with iced tea or water. The dinner costs $10 per person. For reservations or more information, e-mail Ann Mostoller at [email protected] or call Mary Matheny at (865) 483-8937.