Family and Personal:
Sen. Stevens is married with two children and works as an attorney. He is also an Upward Basketball Coach and Sunday school Teacher at 1st Baptist Church of Huntingdon.
He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Carroll County Bar Association, and United Way of West Tennessee.
Councils and Boards:
He is 1st vice-chair of the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and Senate Rules Committee.
Senator John Stevens, (R) District 24, has served in the Tennessee State Senate since 2013. Senator Stevens has a disappointing vote score of 65%, placing him #24 in a body of 33, clearly showing room for improvement. His leadership grade of A- sets him apart in that department and above the crowd at #7. Leadership grades are based on sponsorships, co-sponsorships, amendments, and other acts, both good (+) and bad (-).
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 our General Assembly members to support the former and oppose the latter. When they do not, they lose points.
Senator Stevens supported the following TLRC endorsed bills:
- HB1137/SB1197 – No restrictions on church activities in declared emergency
- HB1749/SB2285 – Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation.
- HB1867/SB1823 – Vaccine exemptions protected.
- HB1871/SB1982 – Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine.
- HB1960/SB1884 – No government vaccine mandates
- HB2128/SB2245 – Election integrity measures (weak)
- 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
- HB2525/SB2545 – Improvement in Asset forfeiture law:
- HB2666/SB2247 – Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members
- HB2742/SB2728 – Requires HS to teach virtues of capitalism and the constitution
- HB2746/SB2188 – Makes Ivermectin available over the counter.
Here are all seven of the TLRC-opposed bills that Senator Stevens 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
- HB2886/SB2901 – Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium
- 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. Members should rethink these handouts.
A bill TLRC-endorsed bill that Senator Stevens opposed:
HB2222/SB2264 – Holds officials accountable for resettled refugees
Senator Stevens has the potential to be a leader in the battle against bigger government and for our 10th amendment rights to make good policy decisions for ordinary Tennesseans by Tennesseans. We are in crisis. He 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