House District 59


Jason Potts

Family and Personal:
Rep. Potts is married with two children and is a general contractor.

He is a member of Haywood Neighbors, East Tusculum Neighborhood Group, Habitat for Humanity, and Tennessee Farm Bureau.



Rep. Jason Potts (D) came in 2019 and serves as Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Transportation Committee, and the Transportation Subcommittee. He voted with TLRC on ten bills and against us on six. He did not vote at all on fourteen bills for which he should have had opportunity and responsibility to vote. We do not know if he had a legitimate excuse for missing the majority of those votes. His vote score was 48% only because of COVID–we could not count missing votes against the member. Rep. Potts did not sponsor or co-sponsor any of the TLRC favored bills.

Potts 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. Rep. Potts does not seem to understand the principles of freedom embodied in our constitution. His constitutional score is a three out of ten. Of the thirteen bills he sponsored, none of them passed into law.

We look forward to back-to-normal conditions at the capitol and hope to find some 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