Dr. Richard Briggs, was appointed to the Knox County Commission in February 2008 and won the general election for the District 5-C seat in August 2008. Commissioner Briggs is serving a 6 year term, having been elected in 2010 without opposition.
Dr. Briggs attended high school in Chamonix, France before receiving his B.S. degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College Of Medicine in 1978 with Highest Honors and immediately entered active military service with the U.S. Army. He served in combat with the 1st Armored Division in Operation Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star. With over 30 years of active and reserve military service, Colonel Briggs also served in Korea, Central and South America, and in Egypt during the Somalia crisis. Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, Colonel Briggs volunteered to return to active duty for service in Afghanistan. In 2005-2006, he deployed to the Green Zone in Baghdad as the Senior Trauma Surgeon at the main U.S. Army Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, commonly known as “Baghdad ER.” Colonel Briggs has commanded U.S. Army Reserve units in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Johnson City.
Dr. Briggs practices cardiothoracic surgery (heart and lung surgery) at St Mary’s Medical Center and has held academic appointments at the University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Louisville, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is the President of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association.
Dr. Briggs enjoys returning to his rural roots at his farm in Hardin Valley. His hobbies include gardening, bushhogging, and beekeeping. His wife Stephanie is a passionate animal rescue volunteer.