Tennessee State House, District 18
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Attorney, Small Business Owner, Advocate
Virginia Couch is an attorney with The Trust Company of Tennessee, and is also the founder and co-owner of Barkside Lodge, a dog boarding, daycare, swimming, and grooming center in Lenoir City. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Business Administration and from the University of Tennessee College of Law where she earned her law degree with a Business Transactions Concentration. Since 2009, she has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Tennessee College of Law teaching contract drafting. Couch, a 32-year resident of Knoxville, currently lives in the Seven Springs community with her partner, Brian Blind.
I have learned that success is fueled by opportunity. I will fight for all Tennesseans to have the opportunity to receive a quality public education; the opportunity to access quality, affordable healthcare; and the opportunity to improve their economic condition and achieve financial security.
As a small business owner, a business lawyer, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Law, I have learned to be respectful, to listen, and to work as part of a team. These important skills are missing in many of our current legislators and we must focus on working together to solve the biggest issues facing Tennesseans right now.
Recent events in our country has highlighted our desperate need for a stronger healthcare system and a strong, competent, and effective government that can respond quickly when our communities are hit with financial insecurity not of their own making. This requires sending bold leaders who are willing to collaborate to respond to these needs and to create opportunities for all Tennesseans.