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House District 05

2021
Hawk-David
Republican

David Hawk

Family and Personal:
Rep. Hawk has two children and is a businessman. He is also a coach for the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Dept. Youth Baseball.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Kiwanis of Greeneville and Erwin, Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Partnership, Main Street: Greeneville, and Little Theatre of Greeneville, Inc.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as House Majority Assistant Leader.

615.741.7482

rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. David Hawk: (R) Chair, Insurance Subcommittee, Member, Criminal Justice Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, and the Insurance Committee. Chairman Hawk supported all of the TLRC pro-freedom bills with only three exceptions, earning him a 93% vote score. He co-sponsored six 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).

SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB843/HB513- Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study). Passed in house. Rose sent to Summer Study.

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

Hawk earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity, supporting the TLRC position on thirty-four out of thirty-seven bills. His errant votes were on the following bills:

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). Hawk cosponsored and voted for this bill.

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. Hawk voted 3 times for this bill.

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

On the whole, Chairman Hawk is one of the good members of the Tennessee General Assembly, but he could up his game by sponsoring and co-sponsoring more courageous and constitutional legislation and by thinking more on the constitutionality of some of these bills. We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of those laws already on the books. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Chairman Hawk could be one of these leaders.

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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