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Rich reelected Tennessee SLB Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 8 — Jeff B. Rich of BLET Division 129 (Nashville, Tenn.) was elected by acclamation to his first full term as Chairman of the Tennessee State Legislative Board at the Board’s quadrennial meeting in Nashville, Tenn., October 4-5, 2019.

Brother Rich is a CSX locomotive engineer who has held continuous membership in the Brotherhood since November 1, 2000. He was elected to the position of Legislative Representative of Division 129 in 2015, which is the same year he was also elected to the Auditing Committee of the Tennessee State Legislative Board. He was then elevated to the chairmanship in January 2019 after former chairman C.R. (Rusty) Jones was elevated to serve as 2nd Vice Chairman of the Norfolk Southern-Southern Lines General Committee of Adjustment.

Also elected were: First Vice Chairman Gregg S. Garland, Division 41 (Nashville, Tenn.); Second Vice Chairman Jimmy C. Smallwood, Division 672 (Memphis, Tenn.); Secretary Treasurer Lee H. Myhan, Division 198 (Chattanooga, Tenn.); and Alternate Secretary Treasurer Ronnie L. Tate, Division 205 (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Elected to serve as Trustees were: Stanley G. Lomax, Division 762 (Memphis, Tenn.); Greg K. Hicks, Division 782 (Etowah, Tenn.); and Corey J. Williams, Division 610 (Bruceton, Tenn.).

Representing the BLET National Division at the meeting were: National President Dennis Pierce; Vice President and National Legislative Representative John Tolman; Director of Regulatory Affairs Vince Verna; and Special Representative and Director of Mobilization–Eastern Region Matt Kronyak.

“Brother Rich has done an excellent job representing the BLET in Tennessee,” President Pierce said. “I am confident he will continue working hard to represent our members to the best of his ability. I congratulate Brother Rich and all officers of the Tennessee State Legislative Board and thank them for their dedicated service to our Brotherhood.”

Chairman Rich comes from a long line of railroaders dating back to the 1880s, many of whom participated in building the railroad labor community of Nashville, Tenn. Brother Rich hired out in 1987 with the Nashville & Eastern Railroad as a locomotive engineer, and during his tenure at that company, he also worked as a track laborer, a track foreman and a track inspector. In 1998, he hired out with CSX and attained his locomotive engineer seniority in 2000. He currently works on the Chattanooga Subdivision (former Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis) as an engineer on local road switchers.

Secretary-Treasurer Lee Myhan of BLET Division 198 (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also comes from a railroad family. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Gene, who is a retired Norfolk Southern engineer with 37 years of service. The elder Myhan was Secretary-Treasurer of both the Tennessee State Legislative Board and Division 198, retiring from his post with the Tennessee SLB in 2007. Lee, the younger Myhan, was elected Alternate Secretary-Treasurer at the Tennessee SLB’s 2015 quadrennial meeting, and then elected Secretary-Treasurer at the 2019 quadrennial. A Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer, Brother Myhan has held continuous membership in the BLET since January 2004.

The Tennessee State Legislative Board represents approximately 825 members in 11 BLET Divisions from four different railroads (Norfolk Southern, CSX, BNSF and CN-IC).

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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