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Senate District 15

2022
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Republican

Paul Bailey

Family and Personal:
Sen. Bailey is married with three children and is a farmer and trucker.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, FACCT, TN Quarter Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Rifle Association, TSEA, Member of Bledsoe, Cumberland, Overton, Putnam and White County Chambers of Commerce, NFIB, Tennessee Firearms Association, and White County Commission.

Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

615.741.3978

sen.paul.bailey@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Bailey, (R) has served in the Tennessee State Senate since 2015.  Senator Bailey has a vote score of 74%, placing him #8 in a body of 33.  He has 20 in leadership merits, giving him a grade of C.

Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, both meritorious (+) and deleterious (-), and other bold and courageous acts (+) or furtive, unprincipled acts (-). Bailey’s low leadership grade indicates a reluctance to co-sponsor bills which he later supports with his votes. Those co-sponsorships would significantly raise his grade.

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 all General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they don’t, they lose points.

Senator Bailey supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:

  • HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation. (passed)
  • HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected. (passed)  p-tennessee-medical-licensing-board-from-punishing-doctors-over-covid-19-treatment/
  • HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine. (passed)
  • HB1880/SB1830 – School boards – Guaranteeing freedom for public to speak. (failed)
  • HB1960/SB1884 – Prohibits government vaccine mandates. (passed)
  • HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures.  (weak) (passed)
  • HB2316/SB2153 – Prohibits biological males participating in girls’ sports. (passed)
  • HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines. (passed) (This is not a fix; machines are controlled by software) 
  • HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” in K-12 educational material, making it criminally unlawful.(passed)
  • HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members. (passed)
  • HB2742/SB2728 – Requires public high schools to teach the virtues of capitalism and the constitution. (failed)
  • HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over-the-counter. (passed)

 TLRC-opposed bills that Senator Bailey supported:

  • HB0204/SB0136 The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place. Unconstitutionally discriminatory to employers.  Employees have a choice of for whom they work.   (passed)
  • HB1201/SB1005 Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK5Ov35oRxI  (passed)
  • HB2609/SB2890 – Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team.  (passed)
  • HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium.  (passed)
  • HB8002/SB8002 – Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN  (passed)

All forms of corporate welfare 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 without these incentives if we were to meaningfully reform our education system and educate our young instead of indoctrinating them. 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 of Tennessee. Members should rethink these handouts.

Senator Bailey should always fight against bigger government and for constitutional principles. We need principled members to battle against government expansion, for our 10th amendment rights, and to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans, not the monied elites.   We are in crisis. We can and must do better.

By listing these bills, we hope 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

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Related Bills

OTC Ivermectin

Vote Result: Passed

Court decisions de novo

Vote Result: Passed

Auditable paper trail voting machines

Vote Result: Passed

No males in girls' sports

Vote Result: Passed

Recognition of natural immunity

Vote Result: Passed

No government vaccine mandates

Vote Result: Passed

Election integrity

Vote Result: Passed

Protection for vaccine exemptions

Vote Result: Passed

Provides money for the Titans to build a new stadium

Vote Result: Passed

Requires high schools to teach the virtues of capitalism

Vote Result: Passed

Redefines "obscene" to include educational material

Vote Result: Passed

Provide taxpayer money to Ford for the construction of an electric vehicle plant

Vote Result: Passed