by Brad Schmitt. The Tennessean, Jan.11, 2015 - About 42 years ago in a town 800 miles from Nashville, Beth Harwell felt her first pull toward politics. It was in a chair next to her dying grandmother's bed.
The two watched the Watergate hearings together, and a teenaged Harwell just adored Sen. Howard Baker Jr.'s Southern accent. "I love the way that man talks," she told her Grandmom.
Harwell is poised to launch her third term as speaker of the House on Tuesday when a new session of the Tennessee legislature begins. It's a long way from where and how she grew up. (link)