Lee to assume chief justice role

Veteran Tennessee Supreme Court member will replace Wade

Sharon Lee will become chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, effective Sept. 1.

Lee will replace Gary Wade, who has held the chief justice title since September 2012 and will remain on the court.

Lee, who recently won a retention election for an eight-year term, has been a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2008.

“It’s an honor to serve the Court, the Tennessee judiciary, and the people of Tennessee in this role,” Lee said in a release. “I am grateful to the citizens of Tennessee for electing me to the Supreme Court and appreciate the confidence the members of the Court have shown by electing me as Chief Justice. I will continue to work to ensure that courts in Tennessee are fair and impartial.”

Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, Lee served as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 2004-08. From 1978-2004, she practiced law in her hometown of Madisonville and also served as a municipal judge, a mediator and a county and city attorney.

Lee received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Lee has served on several boards including the YWCA Knoxville and the East Tennessee Historical Society. She also is involved with the Volunteer Ministry Center and the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention.