Family and Personal:
Rep. Todd is married with three children and owns Enivorgreen, Inc. He also serves as a deacon of Jackson Baptist Church.
He is a member of NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), International Erosion Control Association, NRA, and TFA.
Councils and Boards:
He is the Legislative Representative to the TN Dept. of General Services Advisory Council on State Procurement. He also serves as the Majority Assistant Floor Leader of the Republican Caucus.
Rep. Chris Todd (R) was new in 2019. Chair, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, and the Transportation Committee. Chairman Todd is one of our best public servants, supporting twenty-six of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with three dissents, earning him a 94% vote score. He articulately championed freedom-focused causes on a number of occasions while seemingly avoiding controversy. We look forward to more of that in 2022.
Todd co-sponsored an incredible nineteen of our favored bills:
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
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).
SB0187/HB0013 – Bowling/Hulsey – Prohibits forced vaccines within state and local government entities. It does not prohibit private business from requiring vaccines for employment (passed with weakening amendments).
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).
SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).
SB318/HB18 – Hensley/Griffey – Real Constitutional Carry. This bill would be totally compliant with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution (placed behind the budget in the house and deferred in the senate). (media story: Tennessee Firearms Association Supports ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill Sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Griffey – Tennessee Star)
SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“aggravated” rioter) (passed).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB0630/HB0755 – Lundberg/White – Rules and authority authorizations on textbooks, etc. (passed).
SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).
SB0828/HB1181 – Rudd/Bowling – Fetal remains must be disposed of by burial or cremation, making it prohibitive to harvest or sell fetal body parts (passed).
SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study).
SB1034/HB1513 – Cochran/Bell – Creates a database for approved supplemental material for teachers. This makes clear the distinction between acceptable instructional material and that which is prohibited, making it easier for teachers to comply with the new laws prohibiting certain material (passed).
SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).
SB1335/HB0928 – Hensley/S. Campbell – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Act: voids for Tennessee any Federal laws or policies that violate the 2nd Amendment (passed with amendment that weakens).
SB1534/HB0966 – Carringer /Roberts – Elections: prohibits private or corporate funding for state and local elections, eliminating the possible influencing of the process in favor of one candidate or party over the others (passed).
SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).
SB1593/HB1120 – Hall/Bailey – Requires review of Presidential Executive orders. if found unconstitutional, Tennessee declares exemption on that basis (passed in the house and never taken up in the senate).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Todd earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity. His vote score and leadership grade were affected by three errant votes supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:
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.
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.
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
Chairman Todd sponsored sixteen bills, six of which passed into law:
HB0025 provides that a person who uses justifiable force against another may request a stay of proceedings in any civil action based on the use of force until the criminal investigation has concluded; allows for an immunity hearing at which the court may dismiss an action that is barred by immunity.
HB0038 establishes taxpayer protections for taxpayers relying on guidance issued by the department.
HB1380 Madison County – Subject to local approval, replaces existing sheriff’s civil service law with a new civil service law.
HB1383 authorizes, from May 25, 2021, to July 1, 2023, law enforcement officers who have been retired for at least nine months from TCRS from any superseded system administered by the state, or from any local retirement fund to accept employment as a law enforcement officer without loss or suspension of retirement benefits if certain conditions met.
HB1384 repeals statutory fee structure for licenses and permits, with certain exceptions; authorizes the fish and wildlife commission to promulgate rules to abolish license years and establish an annual license system.
HB1389 requires TACIR to study funding for all non-fish and game recreational activities, particularly the use of non-motorized vessels, and submit a report of their findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation or interim reports, to the general assembly no later than December 31, 2022.
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. Chris Todd has demonstrated his courage on many occasions, and we expect great work from him. 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.