As an attorney, I am sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the Tennessee Constitution, and the statutes and ordinances promulgated by our nation, state and city. As a citizen and as your next Senator, I will always uphold your Constitutional rights and obey the law. I will fight for your rights!
Matters of Concern in our District:
Protecting our jobs. Earlier this year, Mrs. Bowling co-sponsored a bill which purported to be a jobs creation bill. Under that bill, there would no longer be required licensure in certain professions. After an outpouring of protest by the affected professions, the bill was placed into subcommittee and Mrs. Bowling proclaimed it was “killed.” While placing the bill into a subcommittee puts it on hold, for now, it can be resurrected and make its way back through the House and Senate for a vote. I am adamantly opposed to this bill and will vigorously fight to keep the licensure requirements, as it would have a tremendous negative effect on the professions and the customers. In other words, I believe the suspension of licensure for these professions is against public policy. Not requiring licensure for these professions disrespects those who have gone the distance and met (and continue to meet) the requirements and maintain their licensure. It also maintains certain standards in the schools attended by those in the listed professions, and it protects consumers. Just think, had the bill passed, you might get someone who knows what they are doing, and you might not. Are you really willing to take that risk? Not me. Here are just a few of the professions which would no longer require licensure should the bill come back and pass: Accountants, Barbers, Cosmetologists, Engineers, Funeral directors, Embalmers, Contractors, Home Inspectors, and Plumbers.
Increasing Job Opportunities and Tourism: Being a Senator should not be a resume builder. Being a Senator binds us to our districts and doing what is best for ALL. There are very gifted groups and individuals in our district who have great ideas! I need YOUR INPUT on how to best utilize our resources for job-building and tourism, while maintaining high standards for those jobs.
We have some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. We have begun tourism initiatives, which are great, but we can do more.
Helping our Families: I am not wealthy. I have worked my entire adult life and I have raised two children. I admire and respect stay-at-home moms and dads, but for so many of us, it just isn’t feasible. Many people in our District work hard just to pay for the essentials and even then, it’s tough financially. It usually takes two incomes just to make ends meet. Let’s put our heads together to come up with workable solutions and pay an actual living wage!
Medicaid Expansion: If passed, this could provide health insurance to roughly 300,000 Tennesseans, including 30,000 Tennessee National Guard veterans. Did you know that 35 states have approved this legislation, 11 of which have Republican Governors? We can do this, together, Tennesseans!
Education, Education, Education: I’ve spoken with several teachers in our district, who tell me that the amount of testing is overwhelming and having tests tied to their evaluation scores is unfair. While they welcome feedback and evaluations, they are struggling with having a score from one test count against them. We have to do something to fix this situation. Some of the teachers say there is an easy solution. There are ACT tests for grades 3-11, so why are we relying on flawed testing methods when there are already better tests available? The teachers are frustrated because they use valuable instructional time on standardized testing. Enough is enough!
Teachers also deserve a living wage. I have always believed that our educators, our law enforcement, and our military should be paid well. It makes SENSE. I have been advised that student funding for Tennessee is 46th in the NATION. The nation. Let that sink in. Teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to make sure their students have what they need. Our teachers are having to work second and third jobs just to survive. Their assistants, custodians and cafeteria workers are at poverty level. Shame on us. We have got to make paying our educators a decent wage and properly funding our schools top priorities.
I really want to hear from you. Let’s join together to move Tennessee forward!