House District 01
Family and Personal:
Rep. Crawford is married with one child and is owner of both Plaques, Etc. and Able Printers. He was also a reserve police officer for 18 years and is current captain of the Kingsport Police Reserve Program.
He is a member of the Kingsport Tomorrow, Jericho Shrine Public Relations Committee, Grand Lodge for State of Tennessee Appeals and Grievance Committee, 32nd Degree Mason, Masonic Lodge #688, Past Master, NRA, and associate member of Greater ksp. RW and Bristol RW.
Councils and Boards:
He serves as House Majority Assistant Floor Leader. He is also a board member of the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Dept.
Rep. John Crawford: (R) Chair, Local Government Committee, Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Cities and Counties Subcommittee, Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Property and Planning Subcommittee, and the Select Committee on Rules.
A member since 2017, Chairman Crawford is an effective chairman of the Local Government committee and a reliable constitutional conservative. His 95% vote score is good but slightly lower than his historical average.
2021 was more challenging than past years, with more pressing issues with which to deal legislatively. There were some more difficult choices to make, and Chairman Crawford made the right choices with one exception: like most of his colleagues, he voted both in committee and on the floor for special tax exemptions for the film and video industry. TLRC opposes special treatment for private industries using taxpayer money. TLRC does not support any levels of government picking winners and losers by giving special advantages to a chosen few.
Crawford earned a very respectable B on Leadership, based partly on his co-sponsorship of nine of TLRC’s chosen bills. He refrained from voting for HB703, a bill that will provide a multi-million-dollar state funding grant for a proposed minor league baseball stadium for the Tennessee Smokies, a double-A team which is owned by University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd. Boyd and his wife Jenny are mega-multi-millionaires; why are Tennessee tax-payers financing his baseball enterprise? Chairman Crawford’s ‘present-and-not-voting’ did not earn points, but he avoided losing points by not voting for the bill.