House District 35


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.

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.



Rep. Jerry Sexton: (R) Vice Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, Member, Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Local Government Committee, Naming and Designating Committee, and Property and Planning Subcommittee. Rep. Sexton is a true champion, supporting twenty-eight of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with no dissents, earning him a rare 100% vote score. He is the only member of the General Assembly with no errant (to TLRC positions) actions whatsoever. He co-sponsored nine of our favored bills:

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom; creates 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).

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).

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

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. Sexton vote against this bill!

SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).

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

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. Sexton vote against this bill!

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). Sexton vote against this bill!

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

Ordinarily this is where we report negative actions. We are delighted to report that Jerry Sexton has no negative actions to report! Vice-chairman Sexton sponsored twelve bills, three of which passed into law:

HB1080 makes various changes to laws regulating physician assistants.

HB1258 revises provisions governing awards of attorney’s fees in certain forfeiture actions.

HB1654 authorizes Grainger County to impose a privilege tax of up to 5% upon the privilege of occupancy in any hotel.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Jerry Sexton is a perfect example of that kind of leader. We could only ask that he sponsor courageous legislation that matches his voting record. 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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Related Bills

Pre-K - 2: Revises Teacher evaluation, eliminates the portfolio growth model for pre-K and K

Vote Result: Committee Only

Gives LEAs the option of administering TCAP assessments on paper.

Vote Result: Failed

Sports participation to be determined by biological sex/gender.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Creates new banks of items (questions) for assessments in order to allow current tests items to be revealed after administration.

Vote Result: Passed

Dealing with foreign influence in higher education

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Allows direct agreements between patients and healthcare providers

Vote Result: Passed

Military experience qualifies to obtain occupation license and adds appeal process.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Strengthens law concerning the promulgating of new rules by government agencies.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Discipline help for teachers.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Limits authority of wildlife resource officers to search/seize on private property, land, buildings, or vehicles.

Vote Result: Passed