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House District 61

2021
H61
Republican

Brandon Ogles

Family and Personal:
Rep. Ogles is married with four children and is the owner of Branch Building Group.

Councils and Boards:
He is Republican Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman and serves as Board Member of Grassland Athletic Association and TN Homework Hotline.

615.741.6808

rep.brandon.ogles@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Brandon Ogles (R) came to the GA in 2019. Member, Civil Justice Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, and Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee. He was out a good portion of this year’s session with a serious case of COVID 19. When present, he is one of our champions, supporting most of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with no dissents, earning him a rare 100% vote score. He sponsored one of the important bills we chose to score:

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).

He co-sponsored three of our 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).

SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“aggravated” rioter) (passed).

SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study).

More important is his courageous vote for Tim Rudd’s 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

Showing that courage again, Ogles voted “present and not voting” when the overwhelming majority of his fellow members fell in line to approve 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

Representative Ogles earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. His only errant vote was on HR110 – Hardaway – Resolution to honor Pastor William J. Barber II (sent to Summer Study). Barber is a black theologist CRT advocate whose rhetoric is anti-American in the tradition of Jeremiah Wright. HR110 was only scored for constitutional evaluations so it did not affect his vote score.

Representative Ogles sponsored twenty-five bills, ten of which passed into law.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Leader Ogles fits that description. 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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