House District 02


Bud Hulsey

Family and Personal:
Rep. Hulsey has three children, is a retired police lieutenant, and is the owner of Burlington Logistics, Inc.

He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, FBINA, and the Tennessee Prayer Caucus.

Councils and Boards:
He is vice chair of the House State Government Committee.



Representative Bud Hulsey (R), District 2, has served in the Tennessee State House since 2015. Representative Hulsey has a respectable vote score of 80%, placing him #19 in a body of 99. His leadership grade of A sets him above the crowd at #9. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, and other acts, both meritorious (+) and deleterious (-). Hulsey sponsored five of the thirty-one bills chosen by TLRC for scoring. All were positive bills.

TLRC scores and grades reflect the entire process, not just end results. We count every vote on every selected bill. Bills are selected for their value to ordinary Tennesseans, or their insult to those values. We encourage our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.

Representative Hulsey supported the following TLRC endorsed bills with his votes:

  • HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
  • HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation
  • HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected
  • HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine (Hulsey sponsored)
  • HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates   (Hulsey sponsored)
  • HB2067/SB2189 – Would reduce number of votes necessary to keep a minor party on ballot. (Hulsey sponsored) https://tennesseestar.com/2021/03/16/state-house-subcommittee-rejects-bill-lowering-signature-requirement-to-recognize-minor-political-parties-in-tennessee/
  • HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures  (weak)
  • HB2222/SB2264 – Holds officials accountable for resettled refugees
  • HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
  • HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
  • HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
  • HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
  • HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
  • HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter

The other two Hulsey sponsored bills did not pass out of committee so he didn’t have the opportunity to vote for them:


  • HB1873/SB1858 – Merchant must accept cash.                                                                                                                        Sponsor Hulsey says cash is the ultimate privacy, with minimal tracking. “If the federal reserve does away with cash, and goes to a central bank digital currency, you do realize our days of liberty are over. If you want to control the world- you control money.” He’s worried this would lead to more regulations and control, where people could potentially get denied access to their own money.

Here are two TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Hulsey also opposed:

  • HB0204/SB0136 The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place
  • HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium

Four TLRC-opposed bills that Hulsey supported:

Corporate welfare in all forms should be opposed. Our state government should not be giving economic advantages to any public or private for-profit entities. Let the free market pick the winners and losers. Jobs would come to Tennessee if we were actually to reform our education system and to educate instead of indoctrinate. A well-educated workforce would be unique in America and every business would want to be in our right-to-work, no income tax state. Members should rethink these handouts. To his credit, Representative Hulsey opposed one of the three corporate welfare bills.

Representative Hulsey leads in the battle against bigger government and for constitutional principles with his courageous bills and his strong arguments in their defense. We wish his fellow members would show as much courage. We need principled members like Hulsey to battle against bigger government and for our 10th amendment rights, and to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. We can and must do better.

By listing these bills, we hope that tells you what you need to know about your General Assembly members. We encourage you to reach out and let them know how you feel about the various issues and VOTE accordingly. To contact members, go to: https://www.capitol.tn.gov


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Related Bills

Redefines "obscene" to include educational material

Vote Result: Passed

Provide taxpayer money to Ford for the construction of an electric vehicle plant

Vote Result: Passed

Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members

Vote Result: Passed

Reduces number of votes necessary to keep a minor party on the ballot

Vote Result: Failed

Lengthy campaign finance revisions

Vote Result: Passed

Cincinnati Reds tax-break for Chattanooga stadium

Vote Result: Passed

Allows professional licenses for illegal aliens

Vote Result: Passed

Holds officials accountable for resettled refugees

Vote Result: Committee Only

The "Crown" Act

Vote Result: Passed

Would require Ed. debts and institutions to comply with state and federal laws and constitutions. (GA oversight)

Vote Result: Failed

Enshrines the Tennessee Right to Work Law into the Tennessee Constitution.

Vote Result: Passed

Review of Presidential Executive Orders for constitutionality and further consideration as to implementation.

Vote Result: Pass House Only