During a special called meeting Thursday night, the Johnson County Commission voted to select Hill over fellow candidates Neal Kerney, Angie Stanley, Stacy Vaughan, and Lori Love. Fourteen commissioners voted in favor of Hill while one abstained.
Hill was the only one of the bunch to be nominated by a county commissioner during the meeting. As a result, he was the only candidate commissioners voted on.
“I feel so very grateful because the appointment in the interim, it demonstrates the county commission is willing to put their trust in me,” Hill said.
County commission chair Fred Phipps said it was Hill’s dedication to Johnson County that earned him so much support among commissioners.
“Timothy has been here for Johnson County. Every PTA fundraiser, whatever we have, he’s been here for us,” Phipps said. “I believe you’ve seen it in the vote tonight.”
Hill, a Republican from Sullivan County, occupied the District 3 seat from 2012 to 2020 but did not seek re-election during his failed 2020 congressional bid. He was succeeded by Campbell.
Campbell resigned over an ethics violation and allegations of sexual harassment involving legislative interns that were first reported by Nashville’s WTVF.
As interim, Hill will hold the seat until the August special election, when voters will elect a permanent replacement to serve the remainder of Campbell’s term.
Hill, Stanley, Kerney, and Vaughan have filed to run in the special election as Republicans. Love is running as a Democrat.
A primary election will be held on June 22 followed by the general election on Aug. 3.
In the meantime, there won’t be much legislating for Hill to do as interim representative. The General Assembly adjourned in April and won’t reconvene until August for the governor’s special session on gun reform.
Hill can be sworn in once the chief clerk of the House receives certified minutes from the Johnson County Commission.
House District 3 includes all of Johnson County plus parts of Carter, Hawkins, and Sullivan counties.