House District 60


Darren Jernigan

Family and Personal:
Rep. Jernigan is married with four children.

He is a member of the Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Merritt Downs Homeowners Association, Old Hickory Veterans Memorial Park, Old Hickory Masonic Lodge #598, Old Hickory Bunch, Tennessee Disability Coalition, “Shriner, Al Menah Temple”, Friends of Two Rivers Mansion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Men’s Auxiliary Post 1291, and ALS of Tennessee.

Councils and Boards:
He serves on the board of Disability Rights TN and the Belmont University Occupational Therapy Board.



Rep. Darren Jernigan: (D) Vice Chair, Civil Justice Committee, Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Health Committee, Health Subcommittee, Public Service Subcommittee, State Government Committee, and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. He voted with TLRC on ten bills, and against us on seventeen, with two no-votes. His vote score is 36%.

Jernigan co-sponsored three TLRC favored bills:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).

SB1115/HB1302 – White/Bricken – Removes the Statute of Limitations for those convicted of sex trafficking children (passed).

He co-sponsored two 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).

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.

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

Of the eighteen bills he sponsored, six of them passed into law:

HB0099 authorizes a state department or agency to update signage on state property indicating accessibility for persons with disabilities within existing resources.

HB0100 requires that petitions for appointment of a conservator include results of searches of the proposed conservator in the department of health’s registry of persons who have abused, neglected, or misappropriated the property of vulnerable persons and the national sex offender registry.

HB0101 clarifies that a motorized wheelchair is not a motor vehicle for purposes of the rules of the road, accidents, and crimes involving motor vehicles.

HB0399 authorizes Gaylord Springs Golf Links to seek a caterer license and to grant a franchise for purposes of consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises; designates the Wildhorse Saloon as a restaurant for purposes of consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises; authorizes the General Jackson Showboat to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises of its principal dock.

HB0412 allows a retired law enforcement officer who fulfills the training and directive requirements or who is authorized to carry a firearm in the same manner as a law enforcement officer to provide private security services without completing the firearms training required for private protective services licensing.

HB0548 replaces one of the consumer member appointments to the board of chiropractic examiners with the appointment of a member who is a chiropractic X-ray technician or chiropractic therapy assistant certified in this state not less than two years.

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