House District 36


Dennis Powers

Family and Personal:
Rep. Powers is married and is an insurance agent. He is also a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksboro. He volunteers for the LaFollette Medical Center and is a golf coach and adopter for Jacksboro Middle School.

He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Senior League Baseball, Mentor Program of the West LaFollette Elementary School, Friends of Cove Lake State Park, National Right to Life, National Rifle Association, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Campbell County Jaycees, Heritage Foundation, American Legislative Exchange Council, TN Farm Bureau, Leadership Campbell County, Wounded Warrior Project, National Conference of State Legislators, National Federation of Independent Business, Mentor with Tennessee Promise, TN Energy Task Force, and the TN Opioid Task Force.

Councils and Boards:
He is Majority Caucus vice chairman and vice chair of the Republican Caucus. He is president of the President Campbell County Young Republicans and is committee chair for Good Will Industries, Boy Scouts of America, Campbell County Habitat for Humanity, and the Adopt-A-School Program.



Rep. Powers: (R) Chair, Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, Member, Commerce Committee, Insurance Committee, and Transportation Committee. Chairman Powers earned a 97% vote score. He has been a reliable supporter of good bills by signing on as a co-sponsor to eleven of the bills TLRC chose to support, earning points for leadership.

Chairman Powers had a very strong showing on constitutional fidelity with a ten out of ten. Almost every vote on constitutional issues is in the right column. His one mistake was voting for 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

Powers appears to be a patient and considerate leader when chairing the Banking and Consumer Affairs committee. However, on 3/31, when Representative Clark Boyd moved to send Bud Hulsey’s bill, HB110, which would require all 911 calls to be direct (seconds can save lives), to Summer Study, he called the question without giving Chairman Hulsey an opportunity to speak. We think sponsors should always be given an opportunity to agree to, or argue against, any action that would kill or delay their bill.


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Related Bills

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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