House District 87


Karen Camper

Family and Personal:
Rep. Camper has one child and is a retired Chief Warrant Officer Three with the US Army. She is also owner of Key II Entertainment and a substitute teacher in the Memphis city school system.

She is a member of the Shelby County Delegation, Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11333, NAACP, Charter Member of Women in Military Service for America, Lifetime Member of Black in Government, National Caucus of Environment Legislators, CSG Toll Fellow, NOBLE Women, and Black in Government.

Councils and Boards:
She serves as Democratic Caucus Treasurer and is TN State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators. She is board member of National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, Vice Chair of Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Board member of Women’s Actions for New Directions Region IV Chair of National Black Caucus of State Legislators and Second Vice President Chair, Shelby County Delegation. She is Executive Director of the Humble Hearts Foundation, Inc.



Rep. Karen Camper (D) serves as a member: Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, Calendar and Rules Committee, Commerce Committee, Select Ethics Committee, Select Ethics Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Government Operations Committee, Select Committee on Rules, Joint Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Agriculture, and the Joint Pensions and Insurance.

Rep. Camper is a Shelby County Democrat member of the Tennessee House since 2007, Democratic Caucus Leader, and a member of eleven committees. She does a good job of keeping the caucus together. They vote regularly as a block, usually against strong anti-big-government bills and for expansion of government programs and spending.
While invoking the constitutional principle of government’s limitation to mandate to private business for masks or vaccines, Rep. Camper sponsored HB0204, the “CROWN Act: Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” to define race and protective hairstyle for purposes of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, a bill that essentially restricts businesses from requiring certain hair constraints of their employees. The bill passed into law and was signed by the Governor.

We cannot tell businesses that they can’t require COVID vaccines for their employees, but we can tell them they cannot require their employees to keep their hair controlled. There are other bills that demonstrate this same kind of hypocrisy.

Leader Camper’s 36% vote score this year is considerably lower than her 58% average. Perhaps that is because the house took up more ambitious bills than in the past to combat the current onslaught of progressive policies being pushed out of Washington, D.C. through Education and Health Departments.


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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