Ron M Gant
Family and Personal:
Rep. Gant is married with two children and is an insurance agent.
He is a member of the Somerville Rotary, FBI Citizens Academy, and NRA.
Councils and Boards:
He is House Majority Assistant Floor Leader.
Rep. Ron Gant: (R)Member, Cities and Counties Subcommittee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Health Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee.
Ron Gant is a member of six important committees. We like what we see of Ron Gant, but his record is a little disappointing. He has a 93% vote score–not bad, but fifty-nine house members scored higher.
Representative Gant sponsored one bill:
SB843/HB513- Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer study). Passed in house. Rose sent to Summer study.
and co-sponsored fourteen of TLRC’s chosen bills:
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom; creates 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).
SB318/HB18 – Hensley/Griffey – Real Constitutional Carry. This bill would be totally compliant with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution (placed behind the budget in the house and deferred in the senate).
SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB0717/HB1047 – C. Sexton/McNally – No probation or parole for child sex abusers (passed).
SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (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).
SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).
SB1335/HB0928 – Hensley/S. Campbell – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Act: voids for Tennessee any Federal laws or policies that violate the 2nd Amendment (passed with amendment that weakens).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Gant scored high on most of the leadership characteristics, such as courtesy, courage, perseverance, preparedness, intuitivism, and eloquence; however, his constitutionality score and leadership grade suffered because of four of his positions:
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.
And he voted for:
HJR0010 – Parkinson – A Resolution to declare racism as a public health issue (sent to Summer Study). The passing of this resolution would have labeled Tennessee as a self-identified systemically racist state; we are not! “Systemic racism” has been conscripted and construed into a bludgeon to divide Americans. We must resist the comfortable path of acceptance, which implies assent.
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 (passed). Boyd is a mega millionaire.
Media stories on the subject:
Boyd Sports to Profit from Events Held at Taxpayer-Funded Stadium – Tennessee Star
TLRC opposed those measures on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles.
Representative Gant sponsored seventeen bills, seven of which passed into law. 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. Ron Gant could be that warrior. He needs to be his own man and remember his constitutional principles.
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.