House District 42

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Family and Personal:
Rep. Williams is married with two children and is in both construction and business development.

He is a member of Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, the After Dark Series, and a C-N Soccer Alumni.

Councils and Boards:
He is Majority Caucus Chairman.



Rep. Williams: (R) Chair, Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Member: Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Health Committee, Local Government Committee, and Joint Pensions and Insurance. Chairman Williams is one of our champions, supporting almost all of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only two dissents, earning him a 94% vote score. His co-sponsorship and three votes for one of those bills negatively impacted his score (see below: SB0736/HB0141)

Chairman Williams sponsored one of our favored bills:

SB0350/HB0506 – Bailey/Williams – Creates a Solicitor General office to defend against non-constitutional federal laws and policies and violations of the 10th amendment (deferred in Senate Judiciary Committee to 2022).

And co-sponsored eight of our favored bills:

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

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).

SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“aggravated” rioter) (passed).

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).

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 Williams earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. His vote against HR110 balanced out one of his two errant votes.

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 Williams’ two errant votes were supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:

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. Williams co-sponsored this bill and voted for it 3 time.

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 Williams sponsored twenty bills, seven of which passed into law:

HB0159 enacts the “Personal Privacy Protection Act.” a public agency is prohibited from requiring an individual to provide the public agency with personal information or otherwise compel the release of personal information.

HB0161 revises provisions governing a department, agency, or instrumentality of a participating political subdivision becoming a separate local government entity from the political subdivision.

HB0368 makes records of minor students created by a school resource or other law enforcement officer confidential and not subject to a public records request in certain circumstances, from May 11, 2021 to July 1, 2026; creates certain exceptions.

HB0488 authorizes the department of safety to, without payment of financial consideration and following notice to the commissioner of general services, transfer a surplus first responder two-way radio held by the department to the county government of a county that is designated as a distressed county in the most recently published edition of the Appalachian Regional Commission economic classification system index; authorizes other similar transfers after initial transfer.

HB0841 revises provisions governing appropriations in regards to laws that result in net increase or net decrease in periods of imprisonment in state facilities.

HB0975 provides for the allocation of certain revenue from state and local sales taxes to pay for the capital and operation expenses associated with a motor sports facility.

HB0976 excludes from the definition of marijuana “a product,” instead of “a cannabidiol product” approved as a prescription medication by the United States food and drug administration; specifies that such a product will be redesignated, rescheduled, or deleted as a controlled substance.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Ryan Williams has the right stuff. He can be that warrior. 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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