House District 12


Dale Carr

Family and Personal:
Rep. Carr is married with one child and is both a realtor and auctioneer. He is also an Alderman for Sevierville.

He is a member of the Robert Thomas Foundation, the Sevierville Housing Authority, and the Downtown Sevierville Association.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as chair of the House Local Government Subcommittee.



Rep. Dale Carr (R) serves as the Chair, Property and Planning Subcommittee, Member, Departments and Agencies Subcommittee, Insurance Committee, Local Government Committee, State Government Committee.

Chairman Carr is one of only four house members achieving a 100% vote score, which means he voted in favor of every freedom-friendly bill and against unconstitutional bills. In fact, Carr was one of few members of the house to vote against 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. We commend him for that distinction. However, Carr was not always as charitable as he could be to fellow members presenting bills in his Property & Planning subcommittee.

On 3/30/21, a very questionable voice vote was called on Jay Reedy’s HB1315, which directs TACIR to conduct a study regarding the use of a voter referendum to approve or disapprove significant tax increases on real property. Chairman Carr’s call on the vote failed the bill. On 4/13, a vote was called without asking for nays on Rush Bricken’s HB0873, which was a local bill for Coffee County and non-controversial. The first call got little to no response, so it was called again. Not asking for nays would not likely have changed the outcome but seems a little careless.


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Related Bills

Pre-K - 2: Revises Teacher evaluation, eliminates the portfolio growth model for pre-K and K

Vote Result: Committee Only

Gives LEAs the option of administering TCAP assessments on paper.

Vote Result: Failed

Sports participation to be determined by biological sex/gender.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Creates new banks of items (questions) for assessments in order to allow current tests items to be revealed after administration.

Vote Result: Passed

Dealing with foreign influence in higher education

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Allows direct agreements between patients and healthcare providers

Vote Result: Passed

Military experience qualifies to obtain occupation license and adds appeal process.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Strengthens law concerning the promulgating of new rules by government agencies.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Discipline help for teachers.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Limits authority of wildlife resource officers to search/seize on private property, land, buildings, or vehicles.

Vote Result: Passed