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Senate District 03

2021
Rusty Crowe
Republican

Rusty Crowe

Family and Personal:
Sen. Crowe is married with two children and is a US Army veteran. He is also an inventor and workin in Personnel Services at ETSU.

Memberships:
He is a member of the American Legion Post 24, Lions Club of Johnson City, and 1st Tennessee Human Development Agency.

Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

615.741.2468

sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Rusty Crowe (R): District 3, Johnson City, Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Senator Crowe, although considering a huge number of bills, only co-sponsored two of the TLRC bills chosen for scoring:

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).

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

Senator Crowe lost leadership 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.

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 Crowe sponsored thirty-three bills, twelve of which passed into law, none 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. Rusty Crowe could do well to take on that role. He represents a conservative district and should reflect their values. He needs to step up and do what is necessary to take back our God-given and constitutionally protected liberties.

Our constitution has been dishonored and ignored. 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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