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), District 45, has served in the Tennessee State House since 2019. Rep. Garrett has a respectable vote score of 70%. His leadership grade of D- indicates a personal lack of pro-freedom initiatives. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, and other acts, both good (+) and bad (-).
TLRC scores and grades reflect the entire process, not just end results. We count every vote on every selected bill. Bills are selected for their value to ordinary Tennesseans, or their insult to those values. We encourage our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.
Rep. Garrett supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:
• HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
• HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation
• HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected
• HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine
• HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates
• HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures (weak)
• HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
• HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
• HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
• HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
• HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
• HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter
Here are three TLRC-opposed bills that Rep. Garrett supported:
• HB1201/SB1005 – Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK5Ov35oRxI
• HB2609/SB2890 – Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team
• HB8002/SB8002 – Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN
Corporate welfare in all forms should be opposed. Our state government should not be giving economic advantages to any public or private for-profit entities. Let the free market pick the winners and losers. Jobs would come to Tennessee if we were to actually reform our education system and educate instead of indoctrinate. A well-educated workforce would be unique in America and every business would want to be in our right-to-work, no-income-tax state. Members should rethink these handouts. To his credit, Rep. Garrett did oppose another corporate welfare bill:
• HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium.
Rep. Garrett has potential to be a leader in the battle against bigger government and for our tenth amendment rights to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. We can and must do better.
By listing these bills, we hope that tells you what you need to know about your General Assembly members. We encourage you to reach out and let them know how you feel about the various issues and VOTE accordingly. To contact members, go to: https://www.capitol.tn.gov