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House District 35

2022
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Republican

Jerry Sexton

Family and Personal:
Rep. J. Sexton is married with two children and is the owner of Sexton Furniture Manufacturing. He is also member of Noeton Baptist church.

Memberships:
He is a member of the NRA.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as a House Majority Assistant Floor Leader and is president of the Grainger Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Executive Board of Workforce Development of Walter State Community College and a board member of the East Tennessee Food on Foot Gun Owners of America.

615.741.2534

rep.jerry.sexton@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Jerry Sexton (R), District 35, has served in the Tennessee State House since 2015. Representative Sexton has a commendable vote score of 96%, placing him #2 in a body of 99.  His leadership grade of A sets him above the crowd at #13.  Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, and other acts, both meritorious (+) and deleterious (-).

TLRC scores and grades reflect the entire process, not just end results. We count every vote on every selected bill. Bills are selected for their value to ordinary Tennesseans, or their insult to those values. We encourage our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.

Representative Sexton supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:

  • HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
  • HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation
  • HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected
  • HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine
  • HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates
  • HB2067/SB2189 – Would reduce number of votes necessary to keep a minor party on ballot. https://tennesseestar.com/2021/03/16/state-house-subcommittee-rejects-bill-lowering-signature-requirement-to-recognize-minor-political-parties-in-tennessee/
  • HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures  (weak)
  • HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
  • HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
  • HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
  • HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
  • HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
  • HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter

Here are four TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Sexton also opposed:

Corporate welfare in all forms should be opposed. Our state government should not be giving economic advantages to any public or private for-profit entities. Let the free market pick the winners and losers. Jobs would come to Tennessee if we were to actually reform our education system and educate instead of indoctrinate. A well-educated workforce would be unique in America and every business would want to be in our right-to-work, no-income-tax state. Members should rethink these handouts. To his credit, Representative Sexton opposed corporate welfare bills.

A TLRC-opposed bill that Representative Sexton supported (his only deficient vote):

  • HB1201/SB1005 – Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech

We regret that Representative Sexton is not returning to the General Assembly. We need principled members like him to battle against bigger government and for our tenth amendment rights to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. We can and must do better. We hope his replacement can live up to Representative Sexton’s example.

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Related Bills

Excludes LEA's from ability to use obscenity exception

Vote Result: Pass House Only

OTC Ivermectin

Vote Result: Passed

Court decisions de novo

Vote Result: Passed

Auditable paper trail voting machines

Vote Result: Passed

No males in girls' sports

Vote Result: Passed

Recognition of natural immunity

Vote Result: Passed

No government vaccine mandates

Vote Result: Passed

Election integrity

Vote Result: Passed

Protection for vaccine exemptions

Vote Result: Passed

No restrictions on church activities in emergencies

Vote Result: Passed

Provides money for the Titans to build a new stadium

Vote Result: Passed

Requires high schools to teach the virtues of capitalism

Vote Result: Passed