Brooks’ election came Monday in Nashville during the House Republican Caucus for which members convened to elect their party’s new leadership team for the coming 108th General Assembly.
In accepting his party’s assignment to the Republican leadership role for another legislative session, Brooks said he is “humbled,” and also acknowledged he is being approached for a run for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The post is currently held by the beleaguered Scott DesJarlais, a Republican who was re-elected Nov. 6 to another two-year term. DesJarlais most recently has been under fire by opponents demanding his resignation over issues in his personal life involving his anti-abortion stands as a physician, yet who has admitted to affairs with patients, one of whom he reportedly encouraged to get an abortion.
Brooks said Monday’s vote of confidence by the GOP Caucus to return him to the Nashville position was a rewarding experience for him personally, professionally, politically and spiritually.
“This week has been an incredibly humbling one for me and my family,” Brooks said. “Yesterday, we received a resounding vote of confidence from my colleagues to continue in my role as the assistant majority leader for the Tennessee House of Representatives. I look forward to working with my peers to develop common sense, conservative initiatives to continue to make Tennessee a better place to live, to work and to raise a family.”
Brooks added, “At the same time, I have received a number of calls of support and have had many conversations encouraging me to run for Congress in the 4th Congressional District. While I am firmly committed to serving my constituents in the 24th Legislative District, I wanted to publicly say that I am exploring what a solutions-based campaign for Congress would look like and how I can best serve the great state of Tennessee.”
He continued, “Given that, I plan to spend the next few weeks praying about the path forward with my family and talking with friends, neighbors and fellow Tennesseans about the future.”
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly will convene in January.
Brooks and his wife, Kim, are the parents of two children. Their son, Zach, attends Lee University. Their daughter, Elizabeth, attends Cleveland High School.