Knoxville state Senator Jamie Woodson resigns, effective July 1st

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Jamie Woodson of Knoxville will step down at the end of the legislative session after being named president and CEO of former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist's State Collaborative on Reforming Education.

Woodson has served in the Senate since 2005 and previously spent six years in the House. She is a former chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee and was a key player in Tennessee's successful bid for more than $500 million in federal Race to the Top grants.

Republican Senate Speaker Ramsey of Blountville called Woodson a "pioneering and passionate advocate for education reform," and congratulated her on her new position.

A special election will be held to replace Woodson after she leaves the Senate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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