Gov. Bill Haslam's national profile just got a major boost from the Washington, D.C., press.
The Tennessee governor is the focus of a laudatory profile published Wednesday by the news website Politico. The article was featured as the website's top story Wednesday evening.
The report presents Haslam as a potential model for Republicans to examine, particularly as governors prepare to gather for the National Governors Association's winter meeting later this week.
Describing Haslam's hallmark as being able to enact "conservative change while avoiding conflict," the report presents a brief biography of the governor and details certain achievements since being elected, such as civil service reform, teacher tenure reform, tort reform and charter school expansion.
"[Haslam] is, in short, the most important Republican governor you've never heard of," it reads.
The report includes quotes from Haslam's close advisers, along with former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Sen. Bob Corker. House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is also quoted.
The profile also attributes Haslam's successes in part to presiding over the GOP-dominated Legislature in a non-swing state. Recently, a Vanderbilt poll ascribed a 68 percent approval rating to the governor.
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