Senate District 16


Janice Bowling

Family and Personal:
Sen. Bowling is married with three children and five grandchildren and is a former special education teacher.

She is a member of Arnold Community Council, Motlow Ladies’ Philanthropic Society, Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society, NRA, Air Force Materiel Command Community Liaison Program, Multi-County Cancer Support Network; Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage, Horse Play, Inc., Eagle Forum, Alpha Chi Omega, and Social Sorority Grace Baptist Church.

Councils and Boards:
She serves as Deputy Speaker and is the State Executive Committee Woman for Senate District 16. She is also President of Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage and Chairman of the March of Dimes.



Senator Janice Bowling (R): District 9, Second Vice-Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee

Senator Bowling is, in the estimation of the team at TLRC, the strongest proponent of conservative values, the most courageous, and the hardest working member of the Tennessee State Senate.

Bowling sponsored an impressive four bills chosen by TLRC to score:

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).

SB0657/HB0578 – Bowling/Ragan ¬- No sex change allowed for prepubescent minors (deferred to 2022 in House Health committee).

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 and prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).

She endorsed seven more of TLRC chosen bills with her co-sponsorship:

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).

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).

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

Senator Bowling also sponsored:

SB0854/HB0621 – Bowling/Rudder, a Medical Cannabis bill that seems much more protective of state’s rights and opportunity for control, safety, and revenue than the bill passed, first by senate judiciary and then the full General Assembly
(SB0118/HB0490 – Haile/Terry).

SB0854, in keeping with the required intrastate authorization, requires state residency majority ownership to grow, produce, and sell Medical Cannabis.

Senator Bowling lost a few points due to 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 Bowling sponsored fifty-eight bills, eighteen of which passed into law, four 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. We have found that courage in Janice Bowling! She represents her conservative district very well and reflects their values.

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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