Senate District 27

Ed Jackson

Ed Jackson

Family and Personal:
Sen. Jackson is married with three children and is a small business owner. He is also the Vice President of marketing for the West TN Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He is a member of the 30th Armored Brigade Association, Jackson Rotary Club, Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Crockett County Chamber of Commerce, Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association, TN Firearms Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Federation of Independent Business, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as 1st vice-chair of the Senate Government Operations Committee and 2nd vice-chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.



Senator Ed Jackson (R): District 27, first Vice-Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee. We do not know Senator Jackson as well as we would like. We had plans to correct that this year, but they were dashed by the response to the perceived pandemic. We sense that his core values are in line with ours and he could be a champion for bold freedom-friendly legislation and oversight.

Senator Jackson sponsored an impressive eight of the favored TLRC bills chosen for scoring:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).

SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“Aggravated” rioter) (passed).

SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).

SB1036/HB1537 – Bell/Weaver – Prohibits interference with Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission or their decisions (by the Dept. of Education or the Administration) (passed).

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

SB1593/HB1120 – Hall/Bailey – Requires review of Presidential Executive orders; if found unconstitutional, Tennessee declares exemption on that basis (passed in the house and never taken up in the senate).

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

Senator Jackson lost points because of two bills he 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. This particular industry is troubling in the unwholesome material it so often produces.

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, fiscal-responsibility, and constitutional principles.

Senator Jackson sponsored thirty-seven bills, fifteen 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 Jackson seems better than most to fulfill the role of freedom-fighter. He could step up his game and lead in the struggle to insulate Tennessee from the onslaught of anti-American, unconstitutional policies, and executive orders coming out of Washington D.C.

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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