Former healthcare executive and Humboldt native Christine Warrington is running for the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 79, which covers Gibson County and parts of Carroll County. “In this fast-paced, challenging environment, I look forward to applying years of global business experience to benefit our community with a vision to bring productive, positive change and collaboration across all sectors of Gibson and Carroll Counties.”
Ms. Warrington entered the healthcare industry in the late 1980s where she established a trail-blazing global management career working for companies including Bristol Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline for over 30 years. Her reputation as a proven change agent led her to launch a successful healthcare consulting business with clients worldwide.
During her professional healthcare career, Ms. Warrington is proud to have been a key leader in one of the largest women's healthcare nonprofits, Women In Bio, whose mission is to promote careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences. She spearheaded the organization’s largest expansion and launched its first global chapters outside the United States, in Mumbai, India, and Montreal, Canada.
A 1977 graduate of Humboldt High School, Ms. Warrington was the first in her family to attend college, earning degrees from UT Knoxville in education and speech pathology. She is a Past President of the North Carolina Alumni Chapter of UTK, as well as Marketing and Communication Committee representative for UTK Alumni. Ms. Warrington is also a member of the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists, whose mission is to educate, empower, and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders.
In 2016 Ms. Warrington followed her heart and returned home to West Tennessee to be near her family, most of whom reside in the local area. She bought a horse farm in her hometown of Humboldt, and opened her first Airbnb, which is the world’s premier online short-term lodging service. Ms. Warrington and Lincoln, her Black Lab rescue, quickly became Five-Star Superhosts, the highest rating based on guest reviews. Her Serenity Country Cottage Horse Farm has become the most-booked property between Memphis and Nashville, hosting over 700 guests from all over the world.
Ms. Warrington has also facilitated the launching of over 15 new Airbnb properties in the area through the company’s mentor program. Senator John Stevens recognized the meteoric rise of Ms. Warrington’s Airbnb business by inviting her to present her small-town success story to the Senate’s Commerce Committee at the State Capitol.
A woman of many talents, Ms. Warrington received her license as an auctioneer in 2012. After serving as president of her class at the Nashville Auction School, she established a successful consulting role for nonprofits, specializing in high-end fundraisers.
Ms. Warrington has been active on the boards of several local nonprofits including CrimeStoppers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee, Four Paws Rescue and Alliance, and the TLC Riding Academy, a therapeutic horseback riding program for persons with disabilities. Ms. Warrington has served as Vice President of Madison County’s Master Gardeners, President of Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni for Humboldt High School, and is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). She is also a member of the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and the Humboldt Historical Society.
Ms. Warrington is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Humboldt, which received Club of the Year honors under her leadership. She has served as Assistant District Governor, and now Coordinator, for Rotary District 6760, encompassing 61 Rotary clubs and over 3500 Rotarians across Middle and West Tennessee. Ms. Warrington has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow for her support of The Rotary Foundation, and was presented the District Service Award in 2019.
Ms. Warrington is a graduate of both the Leadership Gibson County and WestStar leadership programs, each with a mission of equipping community-minded individuals with the knowledge to assume dynamic leadership roles in West Tennessee. Ms. Warrington is very gratified to have worked with her 2017 WestStar class to launch “WestTeach,” a leadership development program which equips West Tennessee teachers with insight into area economic needs and opportunities, builds links with industry and community leaders, and provides an out-of-the-classroom view of students’ lives from child resource agents.
Ms. Warrington attends The Church at Sugar Creek, formerly known as First Baptist Church of Humboldt. She is a proud mother and grandmother. Her daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Matthew Braswell, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her precious three-year old grandson Lee.
Ms. Warrington has made clear her intentions in seeking public office: “I am running for State Representative to bring the voices of our neighbors to the State House so that we can solve problems and make progress together relevant to today’s global economy. We have learned all too painfully that the world is flat during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We need leaders with real-world experience who understand the challenges we are facing and are bold enough to take decisive action to protect the health and well-being of our communities. I will run an energetic campaign utilizing the latest tools to connect with our citizens and make sure they are heard during these challenging times in Gibson and Carroll counties.”
Christine Warrington’s only opponent in the race is incumbent Curtis Halford of Dyer, whom she is challenging in the Republican Primary to be held August 6, 2020.