Family and Personal:
Sen. Gardenhire is married with four children and five grandchildren and has retired from the finance industry.
He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Hamilton County Pachyderm Club, Cleveland and Bradley County Chambers of Commerce, and Tennessee Valley Safari Club.
Councils and Boards:
He serves as 2nd vice chair of the Senate Education Committee. He is a Board Member of Awakening, Inc.
Senator Todd Gardenhire (R), District 10, has served in the Tennessee State Senate since 2013. Senator Gardenhire has a vote score of 50%, placing him #26 in a body of 33, showing much room for improvement. His leadership grade of D- is consistent with his bottom-of-the-GOP-pack performance. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, and other acts, both good (+) and bad (-).
TLRC scores and grades reflect the entire process, not just end results. We count every vote on every selected bill. Bills are selected for their value to ordinary Tennesseans, or their insult to those values. We encourage our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.
Senator Gardenhire supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:
- HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
- HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation
- HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected.
- HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine
- HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures
- HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
- HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
- HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
- HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
- HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
Here are six TLRC-opposed bills that Senator Gardenhire supported:
- HB0204/SB0136 The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place
- HB1201/SB1005 Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK5Ov35oRxI
HB2142/SB2395 – “Juneteenth” as an official Tennessee holiday
HB2309/SB2464 – Allows professional licenses for illegal immigrants in Tennessee. https://tennesseestar.com/2022/04/13/tennessee-general-assembly-may-enable-illegal-immigrants-to-acquire-commercial-and-professional-licenses/
- HB2609/SB2890 – Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team
- HB8002/SB8002 – Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN
Corporate welfare in all forms should be opposed. Our state government should not be giving economic advantages to any public or private for-profit entities. Let the free market pick the winners and losers. Jobs would come to Tennessee if we were actually to reform our education system and to educate instead of indoctrinate. A well-educated workforce would be unique in America and every business would want to be in our right-to-work, no-income-tax state. Members should rethink these handouts. To his credit, Senator Gardenhire did oppose another corporate welfare bill:
- HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium
Here are two TLRC endorsed bills that Senator Gardenhire opposed:
- HB2222/SB2264 – Holds officials accountable for resettled refugees
- HB2525/SB2545 – Improvement in Asset forfeiture law
Senator Gardenhire could lead in the battle against bigger government and for our 10th amendment rights to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. He can and must do better.
We hope by listing these bills, that tells you what you need to know about your General Assembly members.
We encourage you to reach out and let them know how you feel about the various issues and VOTE accordingly. To contact members, go to: https://www.capitol.tn.gov
Average for All Members
Excludes LEA's from ability to use obscenity exception
Auditable paper trail voting machines
Recognition of natural immunity
Protection for vaccine exemptions
No restrictions on church activities in emergencies
Provides money for the Titans to build a new stadium
Requires high schools to teach the virtues of capitalism
Redefines "obscene" to include educational material