House District 37


Charlie Baum

Family and Personal:
Rep. Baum is married with three children and is a professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as board member for Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation, Oaklands Historic Mansion, Linebaugh Library Foundation, Murfreesboro Community Foundation, and the Rutherford County Budget, Finance and Investment Committee.



Rep Charlie Baum came to the house in 2019. He serves as Vice Chair, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Member, Education Administration Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Higher Education Subcommittee and the Joint Pensions and Insurance committee. We cannot overstate how impressed we are with Chairman Baum. He is smart, articulate, deliberative, prepared, and respectfully persuasive. He would have a perfect vote score and leadership grade except for a few ill-advised votes:

HR-110, a resolution to honor The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, a black theologian whose work focuses on social justice and race equity. Understanding the difference between racial equality (that of opportunity) and equity (that of situational outcome, regardless of effort) is paramount. The Reverend is a proponent of the latter. TLRC opposed the gesture.

HB1379, a bill that would have required insurance companies to cover treatment for infertility, even though the constitution discourages government entities dictating to private industry. (We point out the hypocrisy on that issue: they used those legitimate constitutional constraints to limit an individual’s protection against unwanted vaccines, while in other rooms they were passing bills that would tell businesses what they would, could, or could not do, i.e., hair styles, insurance coverage, and more).

Baum voted against HB576, a bill that would have held state colleges, universities, and our TN Dept. of Education to only promulgating rules that comply with statutes in law, which would effectively eliminate programs like Critical Race Theory, Comprehensive Sex Education, Sex-Week, and more. He co-sponsored HB141, a bill that gives the film and video industry tax exemptions. We discourage favoritism disguised as economic development. How is the state government justified in picking winners and losers with the discriminate doling of tax-payer money?

We have great expectations of Baum and urge his constituents to support him and encourage him to continue to work on our behalf, instead of the many special interests that frequent the halls of the CHB.


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Vote Result: Committee Only

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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

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Vote Result: Passed

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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

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