House District 99


Tom Leatherwood

Family and Personal:
Rep. Leatherwood is married with five children and is retired after serving as Register of Deeds.

He is a member of the NRA, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Development Council, Shelby Co. Republican Party, and Northeast Shelby Republican Club.



Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R) came to the GA 2019. He is the Vice Chair, Health Committee, and a member of the Local Government Committee, Naming and Designating Committee, and the Property and Planning Subcommittee. Rep. Leatherwood is one of our champions, supporting twenty-five of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only two dissents, earning him a 95% vote score. He co-sponsored five 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).

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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).

SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers and prohibits the government from requiring COVID vaccines (passed)

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).

Leatherwood earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity. His only two errant votes were supporting the following bills which TLRC 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.

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.

Chairman Leatherwood sponsored fourteen bills, four of which passed into law:

HB0890 authorizes an LEA to remove a student from the regular school program without assigning the student to an alternative school or alternative program if the student was suspended or expelled for certain offenses that may threaten the safety of persons attending or assigned to the regular school program and the alternative school or alternative program is located on the same grounds as the regular school program.

HB1076 removes the one-year experience requirement for doctorate level physical therapists for purposes of the direct access practice exception; requires physical therapists without a doctorate to meet certain educational requirements for purposes of the direct access practice exception.

HB1114 authorizes state agencies to contract with a licensed provider of child care services to offer child care services as an option for the agency’s officers and employees.

HB1275 authorizes state agencies to contract with a licensed provider of child care services to offer child care services as an option for the agency’s officers and employees.

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. Tom Leatherwood may be an example of that.

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.


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