NASHVILLE — John “Chip” Saltsman has been appointed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. His appointment as statewide commissioner is effective immediately and was made by Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton.
A well-known national political strategist, Mr. Saltsman has worked primarily in his home state. He has worked as a consultant on several national and state campaigns. He also served as senior policy adviser to former senior Senate majority adviser Bill Frist on VOLPAC, a political action committee chaired by the senator. He began his career on Governor Don Sunquist’s staff and later served as chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party for a time.
“Growing up hunting and fishing in the Southeast, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to serve on the commission,” Saltsman said. “I look forward to working with the great team at TWRA to improve and continue Tennessee’s great hunting and fishing tradition.”
Mr. Saltsman resides in his hometown of Nashville. He attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. He likes hunting and fishing.
Mr. Saltsman replaces Jim Ripley on the Agency’s governing body. Commissioner Ripley, who served as chairman in 2021-22, has resigned his commission post to become Chancellor (Judge) of the Chancery of the 4e and 5e Judicial districts in eastern Tennessee. His appointment to the commission was due to expire in February 2023.