Posted on January 23, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today said his state offices will reflect his priorities of better schools, better paying jobs and clean air and water and named Patrick Jaynes of Morristown and Anne Murrell Locke of Nashville state directors. Jaynes, a field representative in Alexander's recent senate campaign, will focus on partnering with communities across the state to help them launch beneficial initiatives, especially projects that reflect Alexander's priorities. Locke, a former director of international affairs for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), will manage operations of six state offices in the Tri Cities, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis. She will also head up constituent services. "Patrick and Anne are tremendously talented people who share my commitment to education, jobs and the environment," Alexander said. "They work very well together, and I'm confident they will recruit a great team across the state to make certain our offices are accessible, responsive and proactive in meeting the needs of Tennesseans. Tennessee remains one of the best places in the world to live, but every community in all 95 counties has potential to be even greater. We look forward to reaching out to those communities and offering our support and assistance to help them improve their schools, keep and bring better jobs to their citizens and pay special attention to our environment." Jaynes will be based in Knoxville and Locke in Nashville. "The notion of two state directors is unique but makes perfect sense," Alexander said. "Tennessee is a large and diverse state. There is a lot of work to be done. Having two people like Patrick and Anne working closely together but with different focus will help us get more done effectively." Jaynes, a Washington County native, is a graduate of Tusculum College in Greeneville. Before joining Alexander's campaign team, he was a sales representative for McBee Inc. of Knoxville. Prior to joining McBee, he was a sales representative for Harrell Advertising of Morristown and media and sponsor services coordinator for International Hot Rod Association Motorsports in Bristol. "This is a dream come true for me to be able to work closely with Sen. Alexander and make a difference across the state, including my home area of East Tennessee," Jaynes said. Jaynes and his wife, Lorie, live in Morristown. Locke, a native of Mt. Pleasant, was executive assistant to First Lady Martha Sundquist before joining the state's economic development team. She also served as a field representative for then-U.S. Congressman Don Sundquist. "I am honored to be part of Sen. Alexander's team," Locke said. "He has done so much for Tennessee and this nation during his many years of public service, and I am proud to participate in yet another chapter of that service. I look forward to the diversity and challenge of working with many different Tennesseans on many different issues and concerns." Locke is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin and Rhodes College in Memphis.