House District 53


Jason Powell

Family and Personal:
Rep. Powell is married with two children and is a real estate broker. He is a Tennessee Certified Prevention Specialist.

He is a member of the Neighborhood Associations of Caldwell-Abbey Hall, Crieve Gall, Fairlane Park, Glencliff, and Woodbine.

He is also a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, Tennessee Association of Realtors, and Cane Ridge Community Club.

Councils and Boards:
He serves on the board of Nashville Emerging Leaders.



Rep Jason Powell: (D) Member, Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, Commerce Committee, Corrections Subcommittee, Select Ethics Committee, and State Government Committee. He voted with TLRC on eight bills, and against us on fourteen, giving him a vote score of 35%. Powell did not sponsor any of the TLRC favored bills. He did sponsor a bill that we opposed:

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).

Powell usually votes with his fellow party members against strong constitutional bills and supporting those that are neutral or more profligate with tax-payer money and expansive of government. He does not seem to understand the principles of freedom embodied in our constitution. His constitutional score is a two out of ten.

Of the fourteen bills he sponsored, two of them passed into law:

HB0809 requires that captured plate data from automatic license plate reader systems be treated as confidential and not be open for inspection by members of the public; schedules provision to expire July 1, 2026.

HB0811 increases maximum amount of additional fee that may be imposed on certain sales in central improvement districts under the Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act; specifies how additional fee may be used.

We look forward to back-to-normal conditions at the capitol and hope to find more common ground in the 2022 session.


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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

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

Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

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