Family and Personal:
Rep. Rudder is married with two children and is both a small business owner and co-host of the Right Way Radio Show.
She is a member of Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the NRA.
Councils and Boards:
She serves as President of Franklin County Republican Ladies. She is also founder and past chairman of Southern TN Ladies Society and is a board member of both Winchester Dog Park and Winchester Downtown Program Corp.
Rep. Iris Rudder (R) came to the GA in 2019. She is Vice Chair, Insurance Committee, Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Calendar and Rules Committee, and the Education Instruction Committee, Insurance Subcommittee. Rep. Rudder is one of our better members, supporting twenty-six of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only three dissents, earning her a 94% vote score. She co-sponsored eight TLRC- favored bills:
SB0187/HB0013 – Bowling/Hulsey – Prohibits forced vaccines within state and local government entities. It does not prohibit private business from requiring vaccines for employment (passed with weakening amendments).
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating 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).
SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
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.
SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting.
Vice-chairman Rudder earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity. Her three errant votes were offset by some courageous independent votes.
She supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:
SB0425/HB1379 – Kumar/Massey – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments which would result in higher premiums for all. Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them (sent to Summer Study).
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
Rudder voted against:
SB1216/HB0800 – Niceley. Griffey – This bill would have prohibited material that promotes or normalizes LGBTQ lifestyles from being taught in elementary grades as age-inappropriate (house Education Instruction Committee recommended for passing; referred to Finance, Ways, and Means Committee but not acted upon further. No action in Senate).
Vice-chairman Rudder sponsored fourteen bills, four of which passed into law:
HB0616 prohibits certain persons from having a direct or indirect interest in a contract with a county for the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment, or services.
HB0619 requires an insurer to include cost sharing amounts paid by the enrollee, or on behalf of the enrollee by another person, when calculating an enrollee’s contribution to an applicable cost sharing requirement, in certain circumstances.
HB0620 authorizes the use of HIPAA-compliant audio-only conversation when providing behavioral health provider-based telemedicine services if HIPAA-compliant real-time, interactive audio, video telecommunications, or electronic technology, or store-and-forward telemedicine services are unavailable.
HB0622 revises various provisions under the Human Resource Agency Act of 1973.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws we have. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Iris Rudder can be one of the models for her gender! 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.