Americans for Prosperity’s Tennessee chapter has completed its rating of state legislators, placing a majority of both the House and Senate members — 19 senators and 54 representatives, all Republicans — in top category, deeming them “taxpayer heroes.” House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey both are on that list.
Twenty-eight legislators — four senators, 24 representatives — are declared “taxpayer zeros,” the lowest ranking. All but one — Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville — are Democrats.
The AFP system gives or subtracts points based on votes with extra points given for sponsoring bills the group likes. Scores are on a numerical system, top rating being a score of 93 or above; lowest a score of 65 or below.
Top ratings — 105 points with bonuses for sponsorship — went to Republican Sens. Mark Green of Clarksville and Delores Gresham of Somerville along with Republican Reps. Mike Carter of Ootelwah, Martin Daniel of Knoxville and Debra Moody of Covington.
Lowest ratings — 23 points — went to House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh and Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville.
Highest ranking Democrats were Rep. John DeBerry and Sen. Reginald Tate, both of Memphis. Lowest-ranking Republican in the House was Rep. Kent Calfee of Kingston at 66. Overbey had a 54, the lowest GOP score.
The scorecard is HERE.
News release is below.
News release from Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee
NASHVILLE – Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN), the Volunteer State’s leading grassroots advocate for economic freedom, will release their Taxpayer Scorecard today. Legislators are scored on an A-F scale based on their voting records and bills sponsored during the 109th General Assembly.
“The Taxpayer Scorecard is intended to ensure taxpayers will have a comprehensive tool for holding their elected officials accountable,” said Tennessee state director, Andrew Ogles. “We want Tennesseans to clearly see which lawmakers are standing up for their interests by supporting sound economic policies. It is important for citizens to know which legislators aren’t keeping their word with voters and pushing to expand Obamacare. Officials are graded on their votes for key legislation that supports greater economic freedom for Tennesseans.”
…Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 2.8 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 35 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org.