House District 40

Terri Lynn Weaver

Terri Lynn Weaver

Family and Personal:
Rep. Weaver is married with one child and two grandchildren. She is also a small business owner and a singer/songwriter.

She is a member of Smith County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the National Rifle Association.

Councils and Boards:
She serves as Chair of the House Transportation Subcommittee.



Rep. Weaver: (R) Serves as Vice Chair, Education Instruction Committee; member, Education Instruction Subcommittee, Naming and Designating Committee, and Transportation Committee. Weaver is our pint-sized warrior, supporting almost all of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only two dissents, earning her a 96% vote score. She sponsored one and co-sponsored fourteen of our favored bills:

SB1036/HB1537 – Bell/Weaver – Prohibits interference with Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission or their decisions (by the Dept. of Education or the Administration) (passed). Not many understand how important this is. The current brouhaha over Wit & Wisdom, an offensive and age-inappropriate curriculum for elementary grades, is a result of the Commissioner overruling the T&IMQ Commission more than once!

SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).

A media story on the subject:
House Subcommittee’s Orchestrated Actions ‘Emboldened and Protected’ an Activist Judiciary That Changed Absentee Voting Law – Tennessee Star

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).

SB0828/HB1181 – – Rudd / Bowling – Fetal remains must be disposed of by burial or cremation, making it prohibitive to harvest or sell fetal body parts (passed).

SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).

SB1034/HB1513 – Cochran/Bell – Creates a database for approved supplemental material for teachers. This makes clear the distinction between acceptable instructional material and that which is prohibited, making it easier for teachers to comply with the new laws prohibiting certain material (passed).

SB1036/HB1537 – Bell/Weaver – Prohibits interference with Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission or their decisions (by the Dept. of Education or the Administration) (passed).

SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).

SB1335/HB0928 – Hensley/S. Campbell – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Act: voids for Tennessee any Federal laws or policies that violate the 2nd Amendment (passed with amendment that weakens).

SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).

Chairman Weaver voted against this bill and, courageously, against the majority of her party:

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.

Chairman Weaver earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. Unfortunately, a couple of ill-advised votes cost the lovely chairwoman a few points on both her vote score and her leadership grade.

Weaver co-sponsored and voted for:

SB0736/HB0141 – Johnson/Lamberth (a Governor’s bill with which we take issue) – Special tax exemption for the film and video industry which was supported by a large majority of the General Assembly (passed). TLRC does not support special carve-outs for cherry-picked industries. The government should not be picking winners and losers.

She also voted 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

Chairman Weaver sponsored seventeen bills, nine of which passed into law:

HB0533 revises various provisions regarding initial educator licensure, advancement, and renewal, including requiring the state board, when issuing an educator license to an out-of-state educator, to issue a license that is equivalent to the license the educator possesses in another state.

HB01534 requires the state board of education to approve a process for an LEA, or for two or more LEAs working together, to establish an LEA teacher training program.
HB1537 requires the department of education to develop a proposed rubric to assist the state textbook and instructional materials quality commission in reviewing and scoring textbooks and instructional materials proposed for adoption and submit the proposed rubric to the commission for approval; enacts other related provisions.

HB11538 creates a new division of state government, the Tennessee Office of Cooperative Disability Investigation, to operate for three years.

HB1540 allows members of the Tennessee consolidated retirement system to obtain creditable service for prior service while a participating member of a retirement system of a city, metropolitan government, county, utility district, or other political subdivision.

HB1543 designates September 14 of each year as “Star-Spangled Banner Day,” a day of special observance.

HB1547 prohibits the department from requiring an individual or members of the individual’s household to undergo an immunization as a condition of adopting or fostering unless the child is under 18 months of age or has significant documented medical needs that would necessitate the caregiver or members of the caregiver’s household being immunized.

HB1609 Carthage – Subject to local approval, rewrites charter.

HB1622 Smith County – Subject to local approval, authorizes the county legislative body to implement and administer a hotel motel tax, including the collection and remittance of the tax by a hotel operator and liability of such operator for delinquent tax payments.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the 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. The diminutive Terri Lynn Weaver can fill those big shoes-–just watch! 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.


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Related Bills

Pre-K - 2: Revises Teacher evaluation, eliminates the portfolio growth model for pre-K and K

Vote Result: Committee Only

Gives LEAs the option of administering TCAP assessments on paper.

Vote Result: Failed

Eliminates social studies and science standards in K-2. Incorporates those subjects into the English language arts (literature)

Vote Result: Failed

Requires two periods a day of physical activity.

Vote Result: Failed

Sports participation to be determined by biological sex/gender.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Requires an earlier 5-year-old birthday for admission to Kindergarten

Vote Result: Committee 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

General Assembly authorization required for the acceptance of resettled refugees.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Military experience qualifies to obtain occupation license and adds appeal process.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Provides protection for whistleblowers

Vote Result: Committee Only