Family and Personal:
Rep. Ragan is married with two children and three grandchildren and is a business consultant. He is also a veteran of the US Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot. Occassionally, he also acts as a substitute teacher for his local school system.
He is a member of the NCSL Agriculture and Energy Committee, Video Ministry at Grace Baptist Church, Daedalians Fraternal Order of Military Pilots, Little League Baseball, Youth Basketball, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Councils and Boards:
He is vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and the Joint Government Operations Education, Health, and General Welfare Subcommittee. He serves as chairman of the House Energy Task Force and is vice chairman of the NCSL Nuclear Working Group. He is also a board member of the Southern States Energy Board. Finally, he is the Commander of Legislative Squadron with the TN Wing of Civil Air Patrol.
Rep. John Ragan: (R) Chair, Government Operations Committee, Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Education Administration Committee, Education Instruction Committee, Education Instruction Subcommittee, K-12 Subcommittee, Joint Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Agriculture, Joint Education, Health and General Welfare, and Joint Judiciary and Government. Chairman Ragan is wise, hard-working, articulate, passionate, and relentless–one of our greatest champions of liberty. By supporting twenty-seven of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only three dissents, he earned a 97% vote score. He sponsored five of our favored bills, three of which passed into law:
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB0657/HB0578 – Bowling/Ragan – No sex change allowed for prepubescent minors (deferred to 2022 in House Health committee).
SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).
SB0856/HB0576 – Bowling/Ragan – Education institutions and the TNDOE must promulgate rules, not policies, in compliance with statutes and the US and TN constitutions (failed in Higher Education Subcommittee).
SB1088/HB0567 – Roberts/Ragan – The District Attorney must disapprove any emergency rule that does not meet statutory requirements (passed).
SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting.
He co-sponsored five 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).
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).
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).
SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).
Ragan earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. His only errant votes were supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:
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).
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
Chairman Ragan sponsored twenty-three bills that were not sunset bills, fourteen of which passed into law. All of them were significant and non-objectionable.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the good laws we have. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Chairman Ragan is just such a man. 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.