Kentucky state Senator Alvarado headed to Tennessee to serve as Health Department Commissioner

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Dr. Ralph Alvarado, MD, FACP, as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), effective January 16.

Alvarado has served in the Kentucky state Senate since 2015 and has led the Senate Health and Welfare Committee as chairman since 2019. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Medical Services, PLLC, a healthcare organization.

“It’s an honor to join Governor Lee’s team to advance health and prosperity for every Tennessean,” said Alvarado. “I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to serving individuals and families across the Volunteer State.”

Alvarado’s move to Tennessee and resignation from the state Senate will trigger a special election in the 28th district which includes part of Fayette County and all of Bath, Clark, Menifee and Montgomery Counties.

“During Sen. Alvarado’s tenure, he has always been a strong advocate for Kentucky business–especially improving our health outcomes and improving our legal liability climate. As a multiple Chamber MVP award recipient, we thank him for his service and wish him well in his next endeavor,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts.  

Stay tuned to The Bottom Line for more details.

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