Family and Personal:
Rep. White is married with one child and two grandsons. He is also a founder and partner of PANDA parts dba Wyrestorm.
He is a member of National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Collierville Rotary Club, National Federation of Independent Business, National Foundation for Transplants, Germantown Kiwanis Club, and the Memphis Small Business Chamber.
He is also a member of the following Chambers of Commerce: Memphis Regional, Germantown, Southaven, Tunica, and West Memphis.
Councils and Boards:
He is Chair of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He serves as Chairman of the Board for Collierville Chamber of Commerce and NFIB Memphis Action Council. He is Appointed Chairman of NFIB Tennessee Leadership Council. He is also a Board Member of Launch TN and is on the Holocaust Commission. Finally, He is Director and Founder of the Global Children’s Educational Foundation.
Rep. Mark White: (R) Chair, Education Administration Committee; member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Higher Education Subcommittee, Insurance Committee, and K-12 Subcommittee. Chairman White supported most of the TLRC positions on chosen bills, but, with four dissents, three of which were not vote-scored, he earned a 97% vote score. The three bills not vote-scored were constitutional-issue bills and impacted Chairman White’s Leadership Grade.
A statement White made in committee was that “…we must think out-of-the-box…”; we disagree. What works has been proven by results; we simply have to look at what it is that produced good results and implement those programs expansively. We have sacrificed generations of students to the new ideas of self-appointed “experts” that have failed for decades and brought us to the lowest level of achievement in history, in spite of continually throwing billions of dollars at the problems.
Chairman White sponsored one of our favored bills:
SB0630/HB0755 – Lundberg/White – Rules and authority authorizations on textbooks, etc. (passed).
He co-sponsored seven 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).
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).
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).
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).
SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).
Chairman White earned a seven out of ten on constitutional fidelity. Three of his errant votes support the following bills which TLRC opposed:
SB0425/HB1379 – Kumar/Massey – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments which would result in higher premiums for all. Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them (sent to Summer Study). White co-sponsored and voted for this unconstitutional bill.
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.
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 White’s fourth errant vote was against SB0856/HB0576 – Bowling/Ragan – Education institutions and the TNDOE must promulgate rules, not policies, in compliance with statutes and the US and TN constitutions (failed in Higher Education Subcommittee). This bill would have gone a long way in stopping the destructive programs and policies coming from the federal department of education and instituted in our colleges, universities and K-12 schools.
White praised Chairman Ragan for his thorough and excellent preparation but then voted against this brilliant bill. It was defeated in the Higher Education Subcommittee.
Chairman White sponsored twenty bills, nine of which passed into law:
HB0471 adds William R. Moore College of Technology as an eligible institution for receipt of dual enrollment grants.
HB0472 entitles all public charter schools to participate in the state group insurance plans selected by the governing body of the public charter school in accordance with existing law; authorizes, instead of requires, teachers and other full-time permanent employees of public charter schools to participate in such plans.
HB0473 extends and expands provisions regarding the process of selecting persons to fill certain positions at a public institution of higher education in this state.
HB0475 permits school child abuse coordinators, school teachers, school officials, and other school personnel to provide information relevant to suspected child abuse or child sexual abuse to the child’s parents when required by federal law or regulation, the parent to whom the notification is made is not alleged to be the perpetrator or in any way complicit in the abuse or neglect, and the notification is done in conjunction with the department of children’s services.
HB10476 expands the authorized uses of surveillance cameras on interstate highways.
HB0752 clarifies that the dual enrollment program will award the in-state tuition and mandatory fees cost up to a maximum amount for the first four courses taken and makes other related changes.
HB0755 revises various provisions governing textbooks and instructional materials; prohibits public school teachers and principals from using or permitting the use of textbooks and instructional materials created to align exclusively with the Common Core State Standards or that are marketed or otherwise identified as Common Core textbooks or materials.
HB1305 requires each LEA to have an open enrollment period in which a parent or guardian of a student may seek to transfer the parent’s or guardian’s student to a school in the LEA that the student is not zoned to attend.
HB1591 requires, if an appeal of a mandatory retention in third grade based on a student’s scores on the ELA portion of the student’s TCAP test is filed, it must be filed by the student’s parent or guardian; requires an LEA or public charter school to include information about third grade retention in information the LEA or charter school must send to a student’s parent upon determining that the student has a significant reading deficiency.
Chairman White is a competent administrator but could improve on his understanding of constitutional principles. We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the laws already on the books. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. 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.