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MTSU’s Baum sworn in to General Assembly’s House District 37 seat

Charles Baum, an economics and finance professor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, is sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., as a Republican state representative for Murfreesboro's 37th District in the House of Representatives. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

A Middle Tennessee State University business professor was among legislators sworn in this week for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

Dr. Charles Baum, an economics and finance professor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, was sworn in Tuesday as a Republican state representative for Murfreesboro’s 37th District in the state House of Representatives.

“I am honored to have been elected to represent District 37 in the Tennessee State House,” Baum said. “I am excited to serve, as we work to find innovative ways to provide education and improve health care while budgeting responsibly.

“Thank you to the district residents for your support. I really appreciate it.”

Charles Baum, an economics and finance professor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., as a Republican state representative for Murfreesboro's 37th District in the House of Representatives. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Dr. Charles Baum, an economics and finance professor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, poses in his new legislative office after he was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., as a Republican state representative for Murfreesboro’s 37th District in the House of Representatives. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Baum takes the seat previously held by Dawn White, an MTSU alumna who gave up the seat for a successful run for state Senate. Baum’s district covers parts of north central Rutherford County, stretching from Murfreesboro north to the county line.

Baum previously served from 2010-2018 on the Rutherford County Commission, where he chaired the commission’s Audit Committee and served on the commission’s Budget, Finance, and Investment Committee.

Baum and his wife, Kelly, have three children, Elizabeth, Anna Jane, and Charles, who attend the Siegel schools in Murfreesboro. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.

Other MTSU alumni and supporters in the Rutherford County legislative delegation were also in the spotlight with the Jan. 8 opening of the Tennessee General Assembly, including state Sen. Shane Reeves and state Reps. Tim Rudd and Bryan Terry, all of Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU alumna and state Sen. Dawn White, center, is sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, to her 13 District Senate seat at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

MTSU alumna and state Sen. Dawn White, center, is sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, to her 13 District Senate seat at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., by U.S. District Judge Mark Norris, right, of the Western District of Tennessee as her husband, MTSU alumnus Chad White, looks on. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Four members of the Rutherford County state legislative delegation are shown Tuesday following the swearing in ceremony at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Pictured, from left, are returning state Reps. Mike Sparks, an MTSU alumnus, Bryan Terry and Tim Rudd, and new state Sen. Charlie Baum, an MTSU economics and finance professor. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Four members of the Rutherford County state legislative delegation are shown Tuesday following the swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Pictured, from left, are returning state Reps. Mike Sparks, an MTSU alumnus, Bryan Terry and Tim Rudd, and new state Sen. Charlie Baum, an MTSU economics and finance professor. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Charles Baum, left, a professor in the Jones College of Business, MTSU, was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, as a state representative for Murfreesboro's 37th District. Pictured with him, from left, at the state Capitol in Nashville, are son Charles, wife Kelly, and daughters, Anna Jane and Elizabeth. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

Dr. Charles Baum, left, a professor in the Jones College of Business, MTSU, was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, as a state representative for Murfreesboro’s 37th District. Pictured with him, from left, at the state Capitol in Nashville, are his son, Charles; wife, Kelly; and daughters Anna Jane and Elizabeth. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

State Sen. Shane Reeves of Murfreesboro joined the leadership of the Senate Majority Caucus for the 111th General Assembly, serving as chaplain. Pictured before the Tuesday, Jan. 8, opening session in Nashville, Tenn., are, from left, state Sen. Paul Bailey; Reeves; state Sen. Ferrell Haile; state Sen. Dolores Gresham; state Sen. Ken Yager; Lt. Gov. Randy McNally; state Sen. Jack Johnson; and state Sen. Steve Southerland. (Submitted photo)

State Sen. Shane Reeves of Murfreesboro, second from left, an MTSU alumnus, joins the leadership of the Senate Majority Caucus for the 111th General Assembly, serving as chaplain. Pictured before the Legislature’s Jan. 8 opening session in Nashville, Tenn., are, from left, state Sen. Paul Bailey; Reeves; state Sens. Ferrell Haile, Dolores Gresham and Ken Yager; Lt. Gov. Randy McNally; and state Sens. Jack Johnson and Steve Southerland. (Photo submitted)


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