Family and Personal:
Sen. Swann is married and a businessman.
He is a member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
Councils and Boards:
Sen. Swann serves as the 1st vice-chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and also sits on both the Board of Directors of the Blount County Community Action Agency and the Blount County Republican Party Executive Committee.
Senator Art Swann, (R) District 2, has served in the Tennessee State Senate since 2017. He earned a respectable, but not remarkable, vote score of 71%. However, his Leadership merits were negative, earning him an F. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments and other acts, both good (+) and bad (-). We found more to demerit than to merit. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments and other acts, both good (+) and bad (-).
Some TLRC-endorsed bills Senator Swann supported:
- HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
- HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation. This bill got amended and severely watered down. No surprise; Bell. This could have been a truly great bill.
- HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected. Must have Dr. written statement and could go to court if employer insists on the vax.
- HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine
- HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates
- HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures
- HB2316/SB2153 – No males in girls’ sports
- HB2331/SB2558 – Auditable paper trail voting machines
- HB2454/SB2292 – Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful
- HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
- HB2742/SB2728 – Requires public high schools to teach virtues of capitalism and constitution.
- HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter.
These are TLRC-opposed bills that Senator Swann also supported:
HB0204/SB0136 The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place
HB1201/SB1005 Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK5Ov35oRxI
HB2142/SB2395 – “Juneteenth” as an official Tennessee holiday
- HB2309/SB2464 – Allows professional licenses for illegal immigrants in Tennessee https://tennesseestar.com/2022/04/13/tennessee-general-assembly-may-enable-illegal-immigrants-to-acquire-commercial-and-professional-licenses/
- HB2609/SB2890 – Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team
- HB8002/SB8002 – Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN
Corporate welfare in all forms 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 if we were actually to reform our education system and to educate instead of indoctrinate. 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. Senator Swann should rethink these handouts and think more about the welfare of his constituents.