Family and Personal:
Rep. Byrd is married with two children, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild and is both a retired principal and teacher.
He is a member of the Waynesboro Rotary Club, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, National Education Association, Highland Methodist Board of Trustees, National Rifle Association Tennessee, Firearms Association, and Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.
Councils and Boards:
He is vice chair of the House Education Instruction and Programs Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Highland Cemetery Fund, Inc.
Representative David Byrd (R) has served in the Tennessee State House since 2015. Representative Byrd has a vote score of 88%, placing him #8 in a body of 99. His leadership grade of C places him at #30 (ties). Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, both meritorious (+) and deleterious (-), and other bold and courageous acts (+) or furtive, unprincipled acts (-).
TLRC scores and grades reflect the entire process, not just end results. We count every vote on every selected bill. Bills are selected for their value to ordinary Tennesseans, or their insult to those values. We encourage our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.
Representative Byrd supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:
- HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation
- HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine
- HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates
- HB2067/SB2189 – Would reduce number of votes necessary to keep a minor party on ballot. https://tennesseestar.com/2021/03/16/state-house-subcommittee-rejects-bill-lowering-signature-requirement-to-recognize-minor-political-parties-in-tennessee/
- HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures. (weak)
- HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
- HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
- HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
- HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
- HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter
Here are two TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Byrd also opposed:
- HB2609/SB2890 – Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team
- HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium
Two TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Byrd abstained:
- HB0204/SB0136 – The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place
- HB2309/SB2464 – Allows professional licenses for illegal immigrants in Tennessee. https://tennesseestar.com/2022/04/13/tennessee-general-assembly-may-enable-illegal-immigrants-to-acquire-commercial-and-professional-licenses/
TLRC-opposed bills that Representative Byrd supported:
- HB1201/SB1005 – Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK5Ov35oRxI
- HB8002/SB8002 – Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN
Corporate welfare in all forms should be opposed. Our state government should not be giving economic advantages to any public or private for-profit entities. Let the free market pick the winners and losers. Jobs would come to Tennessee if we were actually to reform our education system and to educate instead of indoctrinate. A well-educated workforce would be unique in America and every business would want to be in our right-to-work, no-income-tax state. Members should rethink these handouts. Rep. Byrd is commended for opposing others.
Representative Byrd should always fight against bigger government and for constitutional principles. We need principled members to battle against government expansion, to protect our tenth amendment rights, and to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. We can and must do better.
By listing these bills, we hope that tells you what you need to know about your General Assembly members. We encourage you to reach out and let them know how you feel about the various issues and VOTE accordingly. To contact members, go to: https://www.capitol.tn.gov