Tennessee ALEC Politicians

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About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.

For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Tennessee politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Tennessee Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. David Byrd (R-71), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Kent Calfee (R-32)[2]
  • Rep. Rick Eldridge (R-10)[2]
  • Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-11), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. David Hawk (R-5), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Alternate[3]
  • Rep. Patsy Hazlewood (R-27)[4]
  • Rep. Dan Howell (R-22), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][4][5]
  • Rep. Curtis G. Johnson (R-68), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate[6]
  • Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-38) public sector member as of December 2021; attended and participated in ALEC's Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force meeting at the December 2021 States and Nation Policy Summit.[7]; ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member [8]
  • Rep. Susan Lynn (R-57)[4][9][10]
  • Rep. Dennis Powers (R-36)[4]
  • Rep. John D. Ragan (R-33), ALEC Education Task Force Alternate[11]
  • Rep. Bob Ramsey,(R-20) ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force and Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate[12]
  • Rep. Jay Reedy (R-74), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in “Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", “Opening General Session”, “General Session - Morning”, “Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19” and “Friday General Session - Morning”, attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Michael Sparks (R-49)[13]
  • Rep. Christopher Todd (R-73) State Chair; public sector member as of December 2021; attended and participated in ALEC's Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force meeting at the December 2021 States and Nation Policy Summit.[7]; attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "Rural Caucus Meeting", "General Session - Morning", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Afternoon", "CARE Constituent Management Training" and “ALEC CONNECT Training"
  • Rep. Ron Travis (R-31)[4]
  • Rep. Mark White (R-83), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member[14]

Senate

Other Tennessee Office Holders

Former Representatives

Former Senators

Former Office Holders

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Nick Surgey 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees - Legislators Documented August 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nick Surgey Revealed "Documented", Dec 6, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
  5. ALEC, State and Local Legislators Urge Congress to Eliminate State and Local Tax Deduction in Exchange for Pro-Growth Lower Rates, ALEC, October 16, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. 7.0 7.1 David Armiak, ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Registered Attendees for the 2021 States & Nation Policy Summit, ExposedbyCMD, February 8, 2022.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational member spreadsheet, organizational Civil Justice Task Force document, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, RE: the EPA’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, March 10, 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  13. Nick Surgey Aug 2019 "Documented", August 19, 2019
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, International Relations Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  16. David Armiak, "ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting Attendees and Sponsors Revealed", Center for Media and Democracy, July 23, 2020, accessed August 10, 2020.
  17. Tennessee Senate, Chamber Book of the 112th General Assembly, 2021—2022, Tennessee Senate, accessed May 24, 2022.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairs, organizational website, accessed June 9, 2014.
  20. Don Enss, Ketron's tie to ALEC shows real motive on Voter ID, Daily News Journal, August 29, 2011
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Richard Locker, "Legislative council's influence rises in Tennessee," The Tennessean, May 7, 2015.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Tom Humphrey, Two TN Democrats Quit ALEC as Republican Legislators Praise It, Knox News "Humphrey on the Hill" column, July 29, 2012.
  23. Sheila Butt's personal facebook page showing photo from ALEC hotel room, accessed July 27, 2015.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Public Safety Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  25. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, International Relations Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  26. 26.0 26.1 Tom Humphrey, House Speaker Harwell stops payment for some out-of-state legislator travel, KnoxNews.com, July 24, 2011
  27. 27.0 27.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, ed. Samuel A. Brunelli, Sourcebook of American State Legislation, Volume II, organizational annual publication, January 1995.
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, Board of Directors, organizational website, accessed July 7, 2011.
  30. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, March 31st, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012.