House District 19


David Wright

Family and Personal:
Rep. Wright is married with one son and is retired from AT&T. He is also a member of Clapps Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is member of Gibbs Historical Society, Knox County Republican Party, and Gibbs Ruritan National.



Rep. David Wright (R) came to the GA in 2019. He is Vice Chair, Local Government Committee, Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Cities and Counties Subcommittee, Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee, and the Property and Planning Subcommittee. Vice-Chairman Wright is one of our champions, supporting almost all of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only two dissents, earning him a 96% vote score. He co-sponsored three of our favored bills:

SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).

A media story on the subject

SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).

SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).

Vice-Chairman Wright earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. His only 2 errant votes were supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:

SB0736/HB0141 – Johnson/Lamberth (a Governor’s bill with which we take issue) – Special tax exemption for the film and video industry which was supported by a large majority of the General Assembly (passed). TLRC does not support special carve-outs for cherry-picked industries. The government should not be picking winners and losers.

SB0783/HB1204 – Massey/Zachary – Authorizes a special sales and use tax allocation to finance Randy Boyd’s Baseball stadium in Knoxville at the expense of Tennessee taxpayers—Boyd is a mega-millionaire (passed).

Media stories on the subject:
Boyd Sports to Profit from Events Held at Taxpayer-Funded Stadium – Tennessee Star

Member of Senate Committee Considering Legislation for Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium is Employee of Law Firm That Could Benefit From Bill’s Passage – Tennessee Star

Five Sponsors of Bill Enabling Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium Received More Than $90,000 in Campaign Funds from Individuals with Ties to the Project – Tennessee Star

Vice-Chairman Wright sponsored seven bills, two of which passed into law:

HB0343 requires TACIR to annually report, instead of only report once, on the impact of the Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018.

HB0633 Registrars of Deeds – As enacted, requires either a licensed attorney or the custodian of the original version of an electronic document, instead of the custodian of the electronic version, to certify the electronic document for registration by a county register.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Dave Wright, though quite soft-spoken, could fit that role. We are at a crisis point and now is the time to stand for the people instead of special interests, the wealthy and well-connected, and against those who assume power through corruption and coercion. If we do not, we could very well lose our republic and our liberties.


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