Lobbyist Anne Carr retiring after 37 years

Anne Carr, among the first women to become an active lobbyist at the Tennessee General Assembly, is retiring after almost four decades. She started with the Tennesee State Employees Association and continued through the founding of the firm Smith Harris Carr.

“After 37 exciting years of state government advocacy on behalf of really amazing clients, I’m hanging up my lobbyist hat,” Carr said in a Facebook post, mostly devoted to offering thanks to friends and associates (with a photo collection). “I’ve offered my personal thanks already to each of our clients, who trust us to find an ethical path through a confusing process in order to help them continue their missions of service.”

.. “And my fellow lobbyists – I will miss our day to day camaraderie! You understand the difficulty of finding a short answer to the question: “What is your job, anyway?” Good-bye and good luck.”

Carr was registered to represent 14 clients in 2017, ranging from airports to veterinarians with perhaps a focus in the health care arena but with a mix of others including Planned Parenthood, housing development authorities and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Personal note: Anne has always been about as astute and ethical a lobbyist that you will find, extremely knowledgeable about the legislative process and the people involved. A good-natured lady, always professional and courteous.

5 Responses to Lobbyist Anne Carr retiring after 37 years

  • Bill Young says:

    Anne will be missed. Wish her the best in retirement! Bill

  • John Sheridan says:

    On behalf of the Tennessee Public and Teaching Hospitals ( TnPATH ) I want to thank Anne Carr for her steady hand and wise counsel on behalf of our organization for over 20 years. The credibility Anne brought to every conversation with Legislators or members of the Administration or various State Departments was invaluable. Best Wishes in your retirement.
    John Sheridan
    Vice President Gov’t. Relations ( Retired)
    UT Medical Center

  • Peter Oldham says:

    Anne represented the Tennessee YMCAs for many years, and we owe her a huge debt of gratitude. We had enormous respect for her knowledge of the legislative process and will miss her greatly!

  • Sen. Ken Yager says:

    It has been a pleasure to work with Anne and I will miss seeing her in the Capitol. I particularly appreciate her interest and support Historic Rugby. Thanks, Ann, for your service and example of integrity.

  • Patsy Briley says:

    Thanks for your hard work and service. Good luck in your new adventures

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