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
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.