House District 23


Mark Cochran

Family and Personal:
Rep. Cochran is Chief of Staff at the McMinn County Mayor’s Office.

He is a member of Keep McMinn Beautiful, the Community Action Group of Englewood, and the McMinn County Republican Party.

Councils and Boards:
He is Majority Treasurer of the House Republican Caucus.



Rep. Mark Cochran came to the GA in 2019. He is a Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Education Administration Committee, Government Operations Committee, Higher Education Subcommittee, and the Joint Judiciary and Government.

We consider Representative Cochran one of Tennessee’s rising stars. He sits on six important committees including education, agriculture, and government operations. Cochran consistently asks the right questions, demonstrating critical thought and intuition.

His very impressive leadership grade of A+ was earned by virtue of the third highest leadership score of the entire house of representatives. His 96% vote score was in line with other leaders who made the same mistake of supporting HB141, the bill giving special tax-exemptions to the film and video industry.

Cochran sponsored HB1513 which creates a database for approved supplemental materials for teachers, helping them avoid the egregious materials recently prohibited by our legislature. TLRC supported and scored that legislation. Rep. Cochran co-sponsored another nine bills chosen by TLRC. He scored high on constitutional issues, supporting constitutional-based bills, and opposing those that were constitutionally inconsistent.

He lost a few points by 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?

We have high expectations for Representative Cochran in the future.


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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