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House District 30

2021
30-Esther-Helton
Republican

Esther Helton

Family and Personal:
Rep. Helton has three children and is a nurse.

Memberships:
she is a member of East Ridge Optimist Club, East Ridge High School Alumni Association, Hamilton County Republican Women, and the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club.

Councils and Boards:
She is a council member of the City of East Ridge.

615.741.1934

rep.esther.helton@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Esther Helton (R) was elected in 2019. She is the Chair, Public Service Subcommittee, Member, Cities and Counties Subcommittee, Health Committee, Local Government Committee, and the State Government Committee. Chairman Helton supported all of the TLRC pro-freedom bills with only three exceptions, earning her a 96% vote score.

She co-sponsored nine 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

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).

SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).

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

SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).

SB0828/HB1181 – – Rudd / Bowling – Fetal remains must be disposed of by burial or cremation, making it prohibitive to harvest or sell fetal body parts (passed).

SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study).

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

And opposed four of our positions by supporting these objectionable bills:

HR110 – Hardaway – Resolution to honor Pastor William J. Barber II (sent to Summer Study). Barber is a black theologist CRT advocate whose rhetoric is anti-American in the tradition of Jeremiah Wright.

SB0425/HB1379 – Kumar/Massey – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments, which would result in higher premiums for all. Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them (sent to Summer Study). Chairman Helton co-sponsored this bill; she did not get an opportunity to vote on it.

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

Chairman Helton’s errant votes impacted her leadership grade as well as her vote score.

Helton earned an 8.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity, supporting the TLRC position on thirty-four of our thirty-seven bills.

Chairman Helton is one of the better members of the Tennessee General Assembly. She is very well prepared and organized. We expect great things from her in the coming years. She is encouraged to be her own person and to resist pressure from others to support constitutionally questionable bills.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws already on the books. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. 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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