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On Background Podcast - Episode 3 - Tennessee State Sen. Doug Overbey

December 21, 2016
Civic-Point

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An Excerpt from when Tom Lee of Civic-Point met with Tennessee State Sen. Doug Overbey

He finished first in his class at the University of Tennessee law school.

Served in the Tennessee legislature for two decades. Father of three, son of a veteran.

And he was the only legislator to stand before his colleagues in 2015… as a sponsor for Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan.

That bill failed—less than two days after a special legislative session to consider it had begun.

Doug Overbey represents two of the most historically Republican counties in East Tennessee, and not a few people thought he would be challenged the next year when his Republican primary came up.

He was. Outside groups spent tens of thousands of dollars buying ads and knocking doors. They said Overbey had supported Obamacare, a powerful charge in a part of America that had overwhelmingly rejected the president.

And, Doug Overbey won by 20 points.