Bill Haslam On Secession Petition: 'I Don't Think That's A Valid Option For Tennessee'

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) says that he doesn't believe secession is "a valid option for Tennessee."

The Tennessean reports that the Republican governor made the remarks in weighing in on a petition to secede filed by a resident in his state with the "We the People" program on the White House website.

According to the Obama administration, petitions must receive 25,000 signatures within a 30 day period to qualify to be reviewed. The website explains: "If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response."

Residents in more than thirty other states have also filed secession petitions in the wake of the presidential election.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) came out against a petition filed by a resident in the Lone Star State on Monday.

Here's a look back at previous secession attempts.

Secession Attempts