Tennessee: Williams tours Capitol

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams got a taste of the Southern hospitality he grew up with when he toured the Tennessee state Capitol during a recent business trip to Nashville.

Williams, who was in town for a bi-partisan elections conference, said he told Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett that he wanted to see his office. Williams got a tour of Hargett’s main office a block from the Capitol and an office he has inside the historic landmark.

Williams also got to meet Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It was a pleasure to met Tre’s staff and I thank the governor for making time to see me,” Williams said.

The cornerstone of Tennessee’s Capitol was laid on July 4, 1845 and the building was completed in 1859. (Colorado’s state Capitol was built in the 1890s and opened for use in 1894.)

Williams is familiar with historic buildings having grown up near Washington D.C. He was “raised on a zoo in the hills of Virginia. His father was the facilities manager and a civil engineer who oversaw the 3,000-acre facility in the Shenandoah Valley,” according to a 2014 story in the Colorado Statesman.