Judge Roger Page reacts to Tenn. Supreme Court confirmation
West Tenn. judge is newest state Supreme Court justice
JACKSON, Tenn. — Serving on the Tennessee Supreme Court is something Roger Page never imagined while growing up in Chester County.
“My dream was to patrol center field for the San Francisco Giants like Willie Mays did,” said State Justice Roger Amos Page. “But after my baseball skills were not up to par, I decided I needed to do something else.”
After briefly working as a pharmacist, Page entered law school in the 80s, eventually making his way to the local state appellate court bench.
After nearly 20 years as a judge, late last year Page found himself among three finalists for state justice interviewing with Gov. Bill Haslam. A few weeks later as he was walking down the hall, he got the call.
“It was Gov. Haslam,” Page said. “We talked for a few minutes and he said he would like to nominate me to the Tennessee Supreme Court. I contemplated for about two seconds before I said I’d be honored.”
According to a 2014 amendment to the state Constitution, all candidates nominated by the governor must be approved by the state legislature, which happened earlier this week.
“I really wasn’t expecting it to be unanimous,” Page said. “But when they’re sitting there calling the roll and everyone was saying ‘I,’ it was pretty nice.”
Now Justice Page has already taken the oath of office and can officially hear cases. He said being given this new opportunity is surreal but he is ready for this new chapter.
“Every new job I think has a challenge. I really think I can add something to the court. I’m looking forward to serving the people in a greater capacity,” Page said. “I know the other four justices. They’re all great people, and I’m looking forward to serving with them.”
Although Page will have to do a bit more traveling as a Supreme Court Justice, he is excited he gets to keep his Jackson office.
He said a public swearing-in ceremony will be held later this year with the governor here in West Tennessee.