"I'm excited," said Marsh about the swearing-in ceremony. "It's a huge event." He said he expects about 30 family members and friends to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will be held in the House chambers. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch will swear Marsh in. There will then be a quick tour of the Capitol and the Legislative Plaza for Marsh's guests, and Marsh will need to be done by 1 p.m. so that he can attend an orientation session Monday afternoon.
Marsh said Friday he still doesn't know his office assignment or office telephone number at the Legislative Plaza, nor does he know where he will sit on the House floor. However, during his tour on Thursday he noted that his name has already been added to the electronic display board where House votes are registered.
"It's a whole new world for us," he said.
Marsh said he's been in contact with House Speaker Kent Williams about various arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony.
"Since the election, it really hasn't slowed down at all," he said.
He may, though have some time to prepare and enjoy the holidays. The General Assembly won't come back into session until the second Tuesday in January. Between January and May, the House will convene at 5 p.m. each Monday and recess for the weekend at about noon Thursday.
The 62nd District seat, representing all of Bedford, much of Lincoln and a small portion of Rutherford counties, became vacant over the summer when Democratic incumbent Curt Cobb resigned to take a position as Bedford County Clerk and Master. Curt Cobb's brother Ty Cobb was unopposed for the Democratic nomination; Marsh defeated three challengers to win the Republican nomination, and Chris Brown qualified for the election as an independent, with the endorsement of the Constitution Party. Marsh, who co-founded Big G Express with his brother Jack, won convincingly in the general election on Oct. 13.
Marsh's arrival will firm up the Republican party's control of the House. Prior to Curt Cobb's resignation, Republicans held a 50-49 margin in the House -- but Williams, a Republican, was elected speaker with the support of the Democratic minority, much to the fury of his fellow Republicans. Williams continues to refer to himself as a "Carter County Republican" but has been rejected by state party officials and his colleagues.
Now, the GOP will hold a 51-48 margin, including Williams.
Marsh, a native of Fayetteville, worked for Ford Motor Co. in Nashville before moving to Shelbyville in 1973 and joining Goggin Truck Line. He eventually bought the company and later sold it, concentrating since that time on Big G Express, which operates 350 tractors and 800 trailers and employs more than 500 people.
Marsh and his wife Mary have two adult sons.