Family and Personal:
Rep. Rudd is a direct mail consultant.
He is a member of the Republican State Executive Committee of the 13th District, Republican Party of Rutherford County, NRA, National Right To Life, Tennessee Firearm’s Association, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Eagle Forum, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Farm Bureau.
Councils and Boards:
He is co-chairman of the Republican Business Association and Middle Tennessee Director of the Tennessee Young Republicans.
Rep. Tim Rudd: (R) Chair, Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee, Member, Insurance Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Naming and Designating Committee. Chairman Rudd is a true patriot champion, supporting twenty-nine of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only one dissent, earning him a 96% vote score. He sponsored two and co-sponsored six 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).
The displeasing legislative story of this bill (HR23) is related on the personal pages of Representative Michael Curcio and Representative Andrew Farmer. Type either name into the search bar to access the report.
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).
SB0187/HB0013 – Bowling/Hulsey – Prohibits forced vaccines within state and local government entities. It does not prohibit private business from requiring vaccines for employment (passed with weakening amendments).
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).
SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).
SB318/HB18 – Hensley/Griffey – Real Constitutional Carry. This bill would be totally compliant with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution (placed behind the budget in the house and deferred in the senate).
SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“aggravated” rioter) (passed).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study).
Chairman Rudd actually scored higher than a ten out of ten on constitutional fidelity. He had several outstanding constitutional votes that defied the majority’s conventional go-along:
Rudd was one of only six members that voted against 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).
He was one of only ten members voting against 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
Rudd was among the 33% that voted against HR110 – Hardaway – Resolution to honor Pastor William J. Barber, II (sent to Summer Study). He also had the courage to sponsor SR0023 – a resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle, as cited above.
Chairman Rudd’s only errant vote was supporting 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.
Chairman Rudd sponsored ten bills, four of which passed into law:
HB0497 increases, from four years to six years, the maximum period of time that a contractual agreement between a director of schools and a school transportation employee and between a board of education and a person owning equipment for transportation services is authorized.
HB0500 expands the right of a person to place political campaign signs on their property for a certain time to all elections rather than only general elections as provided under the Tennessee Freedom of Speech Act.
HB1181 requires that disposition of remains from a surgical abortion performed at an abortion facility be by burial or cremation; requires the department of health to promulgate certain rules and forms; and makes certain other changes regarding the disposition of fetal remains.
HB1182 requires a public or private entity or business that operates a building or facility open to the general public to post a notice at the entrance of each public restroom of the entity’s or business’s policy of allowing a member of either biological sex to use any public restroom within the building or facility, if the entity or business maintains such a policy.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better 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. Tim Rudd embodies that courage. 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.