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2019

Senate District 26

Senator Gresham: (R) Chair, Senate Education Committee, Member: Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, and Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Gresham is one of our standouts this year: She sponsored 2 bills important to us at TLRC: SB336 prohibiting nepotism on school boards and in administrations, which failed to get traction, and SB1243 requiring students to pass a civics test to qualify for HS graduation, which passed. She co-sponsored 6 additional bills which we championed, and earned a respectable 89% vote score. Senator Gresham is smart, thoughtful, and serious about education. We hope to continue working with her for much needed reform. 2018: Sponsored one (1) bill supported by TLRC: SB0734 Requiring audits of state universities to determine how money is spent and looking for ways to make higher ed more affordable. It failed in House F, W & M. sub. 0-10. Co-sponsored five (5) bills supported by TLRC. Amended two bills (SB 2180, SB2029) with deleterious amendments. Voted against the gas tax. Senator Gresham earns special consideration for her work in improving curriculum in TN public education.
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Dolores Gresham

Sen. Gresham is married. She is a retired Lt. Colenel with the US Marine Corp. She serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee. She is a member of Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, Fayette County Forestry Association, Fayette County Foster Care Review Board, Local Workforce Investment Board, Fayette County and Tipton County Livestock Associations, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Hardeman County Right to Life Life, National Rifle Association, and National Skeet Shooting Associations. She is on the Pastoral Council of St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church and Director of the Fayette Haywood Enterprise Community.
615.741.2368

sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov

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Related Bills

HB0001/SB0016 Legalizes Sports betting in TN. Staples/Dickerson

Vote Result: Passed

HB0113/SB0593 - Eliminates statute of limitation for 2nd degree murder. - Sparks/Reeves

Vote Result: Passed

HB0283/SB0290 - Increases penalty for child rape - Littleton/White

Vote Result: Passed

HB0494/SB0423 - Removes special tax on ammunition. Doggett/Hensley

Vote Result: Passed

HB0564/SB0482 - Requires LEAs to administer payroll deductions equally for all professional unions - Dunn/Gardenhire

Vote Result: Failed

HB0655/SB1206 - Extends authority to barter for all healthcare services - C.Sexton/Crowe

Vote Result: Passed

HB0850/SB0598 - Allows alcohol sales and consumption in campus sports facilities. C. Sexton/Massey

Vote Result: Passed

HB0946/SB0802 - LEA's held accountable for instructional wage (teacher) appropriations. Lamberth/Johnson

Vote Result: Passed

HB1016/SB1243 - Requires a passing grade on civics exam for high school graduation - Weaver/Gresham

Vote Result: Passed

HB1265/SB0513 - Tightens some granting provisions of the Economic & Community Development Dept. - Holt/Roberts

Vote Result: Passed

HB1280/SB1428 - Applies for a TNCare block grant in order to self-administer healthcare in Tennessee. T. Hill/Bailey

Vote Result: Passed