- Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page announced Monday that he intends to retire on August 31, 2024.
- Page, an appointee of former Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, began serving on the Volunteer State Supreme Court in 2016.
- “The Tennessee judiciary is truly a family, and I have been fortunate to walk this path with my great friends in the judiciary,” a statement from Page said. “I will miss them all and cherish their friendship.”
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page announced Monday that he plans to retire in August 2024.
In a statement issued by the Tennessee court system, the 68-year-old said his time as a judge was humbling, inspiring and a lifelong honor. He was first appointed to the Supreme Court by former Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in 2016. His last day will be August 31.
“The Tennessee judiciary is truly a family, and I have been fortunate to walk this path with my great friends in the judiciary,” Page said in a statement. “I will miss them all and cherish their friendship.”
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The decision will give Republican Gov. Bill Lee a chance to appoint his third justice to the five-member court. All five current justices were appointed by Republican governors.
Page spent more than 25 years as a judge on the District Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Tennessee. Hassan appointed him to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 2011 before selecting Page for the state Supreme Court about five years later. Page served as Chief Justice from 2021 to 2023.
During his tenure, Page helped secure funding to bring electronic filings to the court system, advocated for access to free services and encouraged live streaming of appellate arguments, according to the release.
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Page grew up on a farm in the Mifflin area of western Tennessee. Prior to his legal career, he worked as a chief pharmacist and assistant store manager for Walgreens.
“If I hurry, I might have time to pursue another career,” Page said.
He praised the work done by Tennessee’s judicial system during the pandemic, including technological advances.
“It has been very gratifying to see the beginning of development across the judiciary,” Page said. “I look forward to following these changes and connecting with my judicial family in between trips I’ve been planning for years, watching my grandchildren play sports, and spending time with my amazing wife.”
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In Tennessee, the governor’s Supreme Court picks must also be confirmed by state lawmakers. Republicans enjoy absolute majority control in both legislative chambers. In addition, Supreme Court justices face “yes-or-no” retention elections every eight years. Voters kept Page and the four other justices at the time through the 2022 election.