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Senate District 13

2021
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Republican

Dawn White

Family and Personal:
Sen. White is married and was formerly a teacher, small business owner, and a member of the House of the TN General Assembly.

Memberships:
She is a member of LifePoint Church, BRAA (Blue Raider Athletic Association), Junior League of Murfreesboro, Rutherford Cable, and Smyrna Lions Club.

Councils and Boards:
She is Majority Secretary/Treasurer for the Republican Caucus of the TN General Assembly. She also serves as a Board member of CASA of Rutherford County, Discovery Center, and Saint Thomas Rutherford Ambassadors.

615.741.6853

Sen.dawn.white@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Dawn White (R): District 13, first Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator White is one of the Senate champions, and there are not many. She sponsored one of TLRC’s chosen bills:

SB1115/HB1302 – White/Bricken – Removes the Statute of Limitations for those convicted of sex trafficking children (passed).

and co-sponsored nine:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law a commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

SB0187/HB0013 – Bowling/Hulsey – Prohibits forced vaccines within state and local government entities. It does not prohibit private business from requiring vaccines for employment (passed with weakening amendments).

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom; creates a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).

SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).

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

SB0828/HB1181 – – Rudd / Bowling – Fetal remains must be disposed of by burial or cremation, making it prohibitive to harvest or sell fetal body parts (passed).

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

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).

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

Senator White lost points because of two bills she 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

TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles. Senator White sponsored thirty-nine bills and an impressive twenty-one of them 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. Dawn White shows more of that courage and confidence every year. She represents her constituents very well.

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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