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Attorney General Summers will not seek another term

NASHVILLE, May 3, 2005 -- Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers announced today that he will not seek a second term when his term expires in August. In announcing the decision, Summers did not disclose his plans for the immediate future beyond saying that he will continue to work with the Jason Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of teenage suicide which he currently chairs.

Summers has served as AG since January 1999. His accomplishments include:

• Successful mediation of the 32-year-old higher education desegregation lawsuit, Geier v. Sundquist;
• Leading the $51.5 million nationwide Bridgestone/Firestone settlement;
• Arguing the death penalty case of Rahman v. Bell before the U.S. Supreme Court;
• Taking on several Memphis day care operations for misappropriation of state funds.

Summers said in his announcement that serving Tennessee in the role of attorney general has been his "highest professional honor."

In response to the announcement, Chief Justice William M. Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court said, "The court is grateful to General Summers for his service to the state and his significant contributions to the judicial system. He is an attorney general who always performed his duties without regard to outside influences, but only with regard to the laws and constitutions which govern us. He has been a fine attorney general, and he will be missed.

"As we did last time, the court will conduct an open selection process to find the most qualified successor to General Summers. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. We will announce details of the selection process as soon as possible in hopes of attracting an outstanding pool of applicants from which to select the state's next chief legal officer."

General Summers spent active duty in the Air Force, Army and Army National Guard. Upon his retirement after 33 years of commissioned military service, he was awarded the National Guard Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. He is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Judicial Conference, and the Tennessee Bar Association.

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