Family and Personal:
Sen. Briggs is married and is a surgeon both in Knoxville and for the US Military, where he has served for over thirty years and has earned the rank of Colonel.
Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and 1st vice chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Tennessee Medical Association.
Senator Briggs has been a Senate member of the TN General Assembly since 2015. In that time he as not distinguished himself as a champion of the people. His vote score of 46% puts him at the bottom of the Republican members of the Senate. His meager four positive merits earn a D- for leadership, once again putting him at the bottom of the Republican members of the Senate.
Here are some of the actions he has taken as the Senator representing District 7 of Knox County:
Senator Briggs sponsored SB0148, authorizing certain healthcare officers and providers licensed in this state to provide consultation, examination, diagnosis or treatment to a minor to prevent STDs, without the knowledge or consent of the parents of the minors.
Senator Briggs supported the following TLRC opposed bills:
- SB0136 – “The Crown Act” protecting ethnic hairstyles in the work place
- SB1201 – A campaign reform bill that would make defeating incumbents even more difficult
- SB2395, which would make June 19th another legal holiday; “Juneteenth”
- SB2464, which would make illegal immigrants eligible for professional licenses in Tennessee
- SB2890, giving an 80% tax break to the Cincinnati Reds for their farm team in Chattanooga
- SB2901, giving $500,000,000 to the Tennessee Titans for a new stadium
- SB8002, giving $678,218,300 to the Ford Motor Company in support of a mega site for electric vehicle manufacture
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 winners and losers.
Senator Briggs did not support SB2188, A bill that makes Ivermectin available over the counter. He chose to defer from voting on:
- SB1197, which prohibits restrictions on religious activities during or under a declared state of emergency
- SB1982, which recognizes natural immunity as legal protection, providing a level of immunity that is at least as protective as a COVID-19 vaccine
- SB1884, which would prohibit vaccine mandates.
Who is Senator Briggs looking out for?