House District 45


Johnny Garrett

Family and Personal:
Rep. Garrett is married with three children and is an attorney.

He is a member of the Hendersonville Morning Rotary Club, the Republican Party of Sumner County, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Sumner County Bar Association.

Councils and Boards:
He is President of the Goodlettsville Little League Baseball and Co-Founder of the 100 Club of Sumner County, Inc. He also serves as Board Member of Salvus Center, Inc., Vol State Community College Foundation, COMPASS, and Forward Sumner Economic Partnership.



Rep. Johnny Garrett-(R) Coming to the House in 2019, this Goodlettsville Republican is eloquent and appears confident. He does not chair a committee but does sit on the important Civil Justice and Finance, Ways, & Means committees. Garrett’s vote score of 91% is not bad, but sixty-eight members scored higher. He scored well on most of the leadership characteristics like courtesy, courage, perseverance, preparedness, intuitivism, and eloquence.
His constitutionality was split. We like that he:
• Supported the lifetime prohibition of CDL licensing for sex or human traffickers
• Real Constitutional Carry
• The resolution to study the possibility of recalling a rogue Davidson County Judge
• The Increase of penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting

Contrary to the judgement of TLRC, however, he opposed:
• The review of presidential executive orders for constitutionality and denial of implementation in TN.

And supported:
• Tax exemptions for the film and video industry
• A resolution declaring racism as a public health issue
• A mandate for insurers to cover infertility treatments
• A bill that will provide a multi-million-dollar state funding grant for a proposed minor league baseball stadium for the Tennessee Smokies, a double-A team which is owned by University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd.

TLRC opposed all of those measures on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles. In the end, he is in the middle of the pack with a B+ on leadership. We hope to be instrumental in the improvement of both accounts in 2022.


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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

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

Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Allows direct agreements between patients and healthcare providers

Vote Result: Passed

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

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Strengthens law concerning the promulgating of new rules by government agencies.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Discipline help for teachers.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Limits authority of wildlife resource officers to search/seize on private property, land, buildings, or vehicles.

Vote Result: Passed