BOBBY HARRISON: Frierson rare legislator – willing to dine alone, set own course

What this is intended to say is that Herb Frierson is about as unassuming a legislator as can be found in this building.

Frierson, in his seventh term in the Legislature, is a former teacher/coach and is now a real estate appraiser. Later this summer, Frierson will be stepping down from the Legislature to assume to post of commissioner of Revenue.

In a sense, the appointment could be viewed as an opportunity for House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to shed his biggest potential rival in the chamber.

Rumor is that Gunn and Frierson were the last two candidates standing among five contenders in the closed-door Republican caucus in 2011 where the speaker was chosen after Republicans won a House majority for the first time since the 1800s. Various sources say Gunn defeated Frierson by one vote among House Republicans.

Yet to his credit, despite that rivalry, Gunn appointed Frierson as Appropriations chair and they have remained close.

Daily Journal
5/25/16