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Senate District 11

2021
Tennessee Senator Bo Watson - 11th District
Republican

Bo Watson

Family and Personal:
Sen. Watson is a physical therapist and a Sunday school Teacher, Hardin Class.

Memberships:
He is a member of Junior Achievement of Orchard Knob Elementary School, Pachyderm Club, and Habitat for Humanity. He also serves as a volunteer for the American Heart Association.

Councils and Boards:
He serves on the board of the Baylor School Alumni Association and the Baylor School Board of Trustees.

615.741.3227

sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Bo Watson (R): District 11, Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways, & Means Committee. Senator Watson, although considering a large number of bills, has only endorsed two of TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).

In contrast, Watson supported three bills that TLRC opposes on the basis of unconstitutionality, fiscal irresponsibility, and partiality.

SB0425/HB1379 – Massey/Kumar – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments which would result in higher premiums for all (sent to Summer Study). Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them.

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

Member of Senate Committee Considering Legislation for Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium is Employee of Law Firm That Could Benefit From Bill’s Passage – Tennessee Star

Five Sponsors of Bill Enabling Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium Received More Than $90,000 in Campaign Funds from Individuals with Ties to the Project – Tennessee Star

Senator Watson sponsored thirty-two bills, twelve of which passed into law, none 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 Watson needs to find the courage to stand firmly for constitutional principles without compromise.

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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