It is always great to have physician representation in government. Richard Briggs, MD, a KAM past president, recently handily defeated incumbent Senator Stacey Campfield in the republican primary for Senate district 7.
Dr. Richard Briggs was elected to the Knox County Commission in 2008 and represents District 5 in Knox County. He was re-elected to a six year term in 2010.
Dr. Briggs earned his B.S. degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Upon graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1978, Dr. Briggs entered active military service and rose through the ranks to full Colonel. He served in combat during Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star. With over 30 years of military service in command and leadership positions, Colonel Briggs recently completed combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a combat trauma surgeon.
Dr. Briggs has practiced heart and lung surgery for over 22 years at the St Marys-Tennova Medical Center in Knoxville. He has held academic appointments at the University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Louisville, and the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Dr. Briggs is a past president of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association.
Congratulations Dr. Briggs and good luck in the general election!