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.



Representative Dennis Powers (R), District 36, has served in the Tennessee State House since 2011. Representative Powers has a commendable vote score of 67%, placing him the middle of the 99 members. His leadership grade of A sets him above the crowd at #13, but is quite a departure from his unimpressive vote score.  Representative Powers should more closely consider the constitutionality of bills before voting, and consider the impact on his constituents at home.

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 Powers 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
  • 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 is a TLRC-opposed bill that, to his credit, Representative Powers also opposed:

Five TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Powers supported:

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 actually to 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.

Two TLRC-recommended bills Powers opposed:

Representative Powers must lead in the battle against bigger government and for constitutional principles. We need principled members to battle against government expansion, for our tenth amendment rights, and to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. We can and must do better.

By listing these bills, we hope that tells you what you need to know about your General Assembly members. We encourage you to reach out and let them know how you feel about the various issues and VOTE accordingly. To contact members, go to: https://www.capitol.tn.gov


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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