Senate District 28

Joey Hensley

Joey Hensley

Family and Personal:
Sen. Hensley has two children and is a physician.

He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Lewis County School Board, Lewis County Commission, Lewis County Medical Examiner, Lewis County Health Council, Lewis County Education Foundation, Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, and the Lewis County Youth Council. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.



Senator Joey Hensley (R): District 28, 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways, & Means Committee. Senator Hensley is a soft-spoken, thoughtful legislator. We know him as the quiet warrior. He is not afraid to sponsor forward-leaning bills from which others shy away. He has served the citizens of Tennessee for eighteen years in the General Assembly and also served his constituents as a practicing doctor.

Senator Hensley sponsored four of the bills that were supported and chosen by the team at TLRC for scoring:

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom; creates a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).

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.

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).

Senator Hensley co-sponsored two more of the bills that were supported and chosen by the team at TLRC for scoring:

SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).

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

Senator Hensley 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 Hensley sponsored seventy-four bills, twenty-three of which passed into law, four of which TLRC scored. To access, go here.

We do not need more laws; we need better, bolder 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 Hensley is the quiet warrior. He represents a very conservative district and serves them very well. We are grateful for his service.

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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