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, 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. Senator Gardenhire, although considering a huge number of bills, has only endorsed one TLRC chosen bill with his co-sponsorship:
SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).
TLRC chose to sponsor one of Senator Gardenhire’s bills:
SB0240/HB1049 – C. Sexton/Gardenhire – Transparency bill: requires a comptroller audit of government entities whose books are not open to public (passed).
Senator Gardenhire lost points because of two bills he supported that TLRC opposed:
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
TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, fiscal-responsibility, and constitutional principles.
Gardenhire also lost points for opposing two bills that TLRC recommended for passing:
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom; creates a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Senator Gardenhire sponsored forty-five bills, twenty of which passed into law, one of which TLRC scored. To access, go here.
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. Senator Gardenhire is not that warrior; he does not seem to fully understand the constitutional limitations imposed on government and what is in the best interests of Tennesseans, Americans, and the preservation of our precious republic.
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.
Limits county health officer's quarantine powers. Prohibits government requiring COVID inoculation.
Protects female athletes by disallowing biological males, irrespective of gender identification, from competing in girls and women's sports.