House District 28


Yusuf Hakeem

Family and Personal:
Rep. Hakeem is married with four children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and is retired from General Electric. He is also founder of the Chattanooga Youth Council.

He is a member of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, and the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Railroad Authority.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as chairman of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization. He is also a board member of Chattanooga NAACP.



Rep. Yusuf Hakeem (D) came to the GA in 2019. He is a Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Education Administration Committee, Health Committee, and the Higher Education Subcommittee. He supported seven TLRC-favored bills, while voting against twenty-two of them, which accounts for his 29% vote score. On constitutional issues, Hakeem seems to misunderstand the principles that our founders put in place to secure liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness. Hakeem is articulate and unafraid to speak his mind. His comments and votes are generally in line with his democrat colleagues, which seems to be a party characteristic.

Hakeem supported:
SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

SB0240/HB1049 – C. Sexton/Gardenhire – Transparency bill: requires a comptroller audit of government entities whose books are not open to public (passed).

SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies, no discrimination allowed (passed).

SB0717/HB1047 – C. Sexton/McNally – No probation or parole for child sex abusers (passed).

SB1034/HB1513 – Cochran/Bell – Creates a database for approved supplemental material for teachers. This makes clear the distinction between acceptable instructional material and that which is prohibited, making it easier for teachers to comply with the new laws prohibiting certain material (passed).

SB1115/HB1302 – White/Bricken – Removes the Statute of Limitations for those convicted of sex trafficking children (passed).

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).

TLRC is happy that there were some things on which we agreed.


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Related Bills

Anti-Critical Race Theory

Vote Result: Passed

All businesses essential in emergencies, no discrimination.

Vote Result: Passed

Rules and authorizations of textbooks and instructional materials, disallowing Common Core aligned material.

Vote Result: Passed

Tax exemptions for the film, video industry

Vote Result: Passed

Common Core material prohibited in our public schools

Vote Result: Passed

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

Vote Result: Failed

Creates database for approved supplimental material for teachers.

Vote Result: Passed

Prohibits interference with Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission, or their decisions.

Vote Result: Passed

Removes the Statute of Limitations for sex trafficking children.

Vote Result: Passed

Tennessee's District Attorney must disapprove emergency rule(s) that don't meet statutory requirements .

Vote Result: Passed

Third restroom facility authorized for gender-conflicted.

Vote Result: Passed

Prohibits private, business, or corporate money funding state and/or local elections.

Vote Result: Passed