House District 80


Johnny Shaw

Family and Personal:
Rep. Shaw is married with five children. He is a businessman and a minister.

He is a member of the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, Mayor’s Character First Program of Brownsville, Shaw Singers, Rural West Tennessee Caucus, Alzheimer’s Tennessee Advocate, Commission on Aging Advocate, and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.

Councils and Boards:
He serves on the boards of the National Civil Rights Museum, Community Rehabilitation Agencies of TN, West Tennessee River Basin Authority, and the West Tennessee Mental Health Facility. He is Steering Committee Chair of the TAKE ONE Offender Support Program.



Rep. Shaw: (D) Member, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, and Local Government Committee. He voted with TLRC on eleven bills and against us on fourteen, earning him a vote score of 49%. Shaw did not sponsor or co-sponsor any of the TLRC favored bills. Johnny Shaw holds an Associate of Science degree in Theology and shows his devotion with his quiet, polite demeanor.

Shaw 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. He does not seem to understand the principles of freedom embodied in our constitution. His constitutional score is a two out of ten.

Of the sixteen bills he sponsored, three of them passed into law:

HB01102 extends eligibility for expunction to a person convicted of Class A misdemeanor assault prior to July 1, 2000.

HB1627 Bolivar – Subject to local approval, renames the city administrator as the city recorder; changes the timing of the payment of the mayor’s salary to be in the same manner as city employees instead of monthly.

HB1633 Whiteville – Subject to local approval, reduces the number of readings required for the passage of ordinances by the board of mayor and aldermen from three to two

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