Family and Personal:
Rep. Hicks is married with two children and is a technology director.
He is a member of the Tennessee Educational Technology Association and Hawkins County Imagination Library.
Councils and Boards:
He is on the Hawkins County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Hawkins County Commission Pro Tempore.
Rep. Gary Hicks: (R)Chair, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Member, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Insurance Committee, Insurance Subcommittee, Select Committee on Rules, and the Joint Pensions and Insurance committee. He is fair and courteous to all. Chairman Hicks supported most of the TLRC pro-freedom bills with only three exceptions, earning him a 92% vote score. He co-sponsored only one of our favored bills and one we opposed. He could improve both his vote score and leadership grade by sponsoring and voting for more of those bills.
Hicks earned eight out of ten on constitutional fidelity, supporting the TLRC position on thirty-four of our thirty-seven bills. He co-sponsored the somewhat controversial SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
His errant votes were supporting the following bills:
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).
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 Hicks is one of the better members of the Tennessee General Assembly. He is polite and conscientious. He has done good things in the past and we expect more from him in the coming years. He can up his game by sponsoring and co-sponsoring courageous and constitutional bills.
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. Gary Hicks has demonstrated some of these qualities in the past. We think he can step to the front and lead in the struggle to insulate Tennessee from the onslaught of unconstitutional policies and executive orders coming from the Biden administration.
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.