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House District 81

2021
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Republican

Debra Moody

Family and Personal:
Rep. Moody is married with four children and is a homemaker. She is also an assistant teacher of 8th grade girls Life Group at Bellvue Baptist Church.

Memberships:
She is a member of South Tipton Chamber of Commerce, NRA, GOA, TN Right to Life, Covington Chamber of Commerce, and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Councils and Boards:
She is vice chair of the House Civil Justice Committee.

615.741.3774

rep.debra.moody@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Debra Moody: (R) Chair, Education Instruction Committee, Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Education Instruction Subcommittee, Local Government Committee, Property and Planning Subcommittee, and Select Committee on Rules. Chairman Moody is one of our favorites. She is a perennial ray of sunshine and a champion of liberty, supporting twenty-nine of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only one dissent, earning her a 97% vote score. She co-sponsored an impressive fifteen of our favored bills, many of them controversial, showing her courage as a constitutional warrior.

Chairman Moody earned a commendable ten out of ten on constitutional fidelity. Her only errant vote was supporting 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 Moody sponsored fifteen bills, eleven of which passed into law (we believe that is a record), most protecting the rights and safety of children and students.

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. Chairman Moody fits that role. 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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Eliminates social studies and science standards in K-2. Incorporates those subjects into the English language arts (literature)

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