Senate District 12

Ken Yager

Ken Yager

Family and Personal:
Sen. Yager is married with two children and works as both an Assistant Professor of History and Law at Roane State Community College and an assistant broker.

He is a member of the Rockwood Civilian Club, Roane County Humane Society, the Chambers of Commerce of Dayton, Spring City, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Roane, and Scott Counties. He is also the member of Gideons, Southgate Lodge No. 569 F&AM, and South Harriman Baptist Church.

Councils and Boards:
He is the chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. He is also a board member of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, Mideast Community Action Agency, Roane County Rescue Squad, and Roane County Heritage Commission.



Senator Ken Yager (R), District 12. Though Senator Yager has been there since 2009, he does not have a chairmanship. He is a member of four committees. Although considering a huge number of bills, Senator Yager has only endorsed one of the TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).

Senator Yager lost both vote and leadership points because of three 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

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

SB1335/HB0928 – Hensley/S. Campbell – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Act: Voids for Tennessee any Federal laws or policies that violate the 2nd Amendment (passed with amendment that weakens).

TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles.

Senator Yager sponsored forty-one bills, seventeen of which passed into law, none of which TLRC favored for scoring. 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. 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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