Family and Personal:
Rep. Parkinson is a Lieutenant with the Shelby County Fire Department and a retired US Marine. He is also the founder of ABetterMemphis.Com, The Block Party for Peace, and Black Market Strategies.
He is a member of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, Frayser Exchange Club, Frayser Community Development Corporation, Raleigh Community Council, and Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower Initiative to lower the Infant Mortality rate in Shelby County.
Councils and Boards:
He is the Democratic Caucus vice chairman. He is also president of The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network.
Rep. Antonio Parkinson: (D) Member, Civil Justice Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Education Administration Committee, Education Instruction Committee, and Higher Education Subcommittee. He voted with TLRC on ten bills and against us on twelve, which accounts for his 57% vote score, which is better than most of his democrat colleagues. Rep. Miller did not sponsor or co-sponsor any of the TLRC favored bills. He did sponsor a bill that we opposed:
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.
Parkinson usually votes with his fellow party members against strong constitutional bills and supporting those that are neutral or more profligate with tax-payer money and expansive of government. He does not seem to understand the principles of freedom embodied in our constitution. His constitutional score is a four out of ten.
Of the sixteen bills he sponsored, two of them passed into law:
HB0826 designates the month of June as “African-American Music Appreciation Month.”
HB0822 designates the month of April as “Barber, Beauty, and Health Month.”
We look forward to back-to-normal conditions at the capitol and hope to find more common ground in the 2022 session.