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Senate District 17

2021
Mark Pody
Republican

Mark Pody

Family and Personal:
Sen. Pody is married with two children and works as an insurance agent.

Memberships:
He is a member of the NFIB, Lion’s Club, Tennessee Firearms Association, Civil Air Patrol, Private Pilot, National Association of Financial & Insurance Advisors, Chapter Life Underwriters, Chartered Financial Consultants, Gideons International, the NRA, Tennessee Right too Life, and Lebanon Rotary Club.

He is also a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Lebanon, Wilson, and Watertown East Wilson, as well as the Chambers of Commerce of Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, and Smith counties.

Councils and Boards:
He is 2nd vice-chair of the Senate Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee and the Finance Chairmen for the Boy Scouts in Lebanon, TN. He is also the Chairman of the Tennessee Legislative Prayer Caucus.

615.741.2421

sen.mark.pody@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Mark Pody (R): District 17, second Vice-Chairman of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is one of our true champions of liberty! Senator Pody co-sponsored eight of TLRC chosen bills:

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).

SB318/HB18 – Hensley/Griffey – REAL Constitutional Carry. This bill would be totally compliant with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution (placed behind the budget in the house and deferred in the senate). A slightly less compliant bill (SB765/HB786) passed.

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

SB843/HB513- Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study). Party-line votes.

SB1313/HB1421 – Hensley/Grills – Would have prohibited schools from requiring students be vaccinated for COVID 19 (Taken off-notice. Party-line votes).

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).

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).

Senator Pody lost points because of two bills he supported that TLRC opposed (He wasn’t alone; only one senator refrained from supporting these special favors):

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 Pody sponsored thirty-five bills, eight of which 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. Senator Pody is that warrior! He represents a very conservative district and represents their values 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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