Justin Pearson sworn in as newest Tennessee state representative — in a dashiki

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 13, 2023 11:38 AM CT | Published: February 12, 2023 4:00 AM CT

In a General Assembly dominated by Republicans, an incident over the dress code was the first test of how freely Pearson can express his values — without antagonizing colleagues whose help he’ll need to pass legislation.


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Ian Round

Ian Round

Ian Round is The Daily Memphian’s state government reporter based in Nashville. He came to Tennessee from Maryland, where he reported on local politics for Baltimore Brew. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in December 2019.


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