Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page announces retirement, leaving battle for open seat

 November 23, 2023

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page announced his upcoming retirement on Monday after serving more than a decade on the state's highest court.

Page, 68, was appointed by former Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

The announcement

"My service on the Supreme Court and in the judiciary has been the honor of a lifetime," Page said in a statement.

"The experience has been humbling and inspiring. The Tennessee judiciary is truly a family, and I have been fortunate to walk this path with my great friends in the judiciary. I will miss all of them and treasure their friendship," he added.

A valuable leader

“Justice Page has made a huge contribution to Tennessee’s justice system, first as a trial judge handling both civil and criminal cases, then on the Court of Criminal Appeals, and now on the Supreme Court, most recently as Chief Justice,” Chief Justice Holly Kirby said in a statement.

“He is thoughtful and deliberate, and he brings wisdom and common sense to the serious issues we must decide. On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoy working with him and will miss him on the Court. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement," he continued.

A former chief justice

"Page was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016, serving as Chief Justice from 2021 to 2023," the Chattanoogan reported.

"As Chief Justice, he helped secure substantial funding to implement enterprise e-filing for the court system. Under the plan, court records across the state will be electronic and accessible, improving efficiency and data collection and analysis in the court system," it noted.

Page's career has included a variety of roles. First a pharmacist, he later graduated with a law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.

He served in private practice before becoming an assistant attorney general on his path toward the state's highest court.

The opening will now leave a battle for the next justice in the largely conservative state during an upcoming election year filled with many other important battles, including the state's congressional districts and the vote for president.

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