Our Republican of the day is State Representative Debra Young Maggart (R-TN), the Chairman of the House Majority Caucus. She previously served as the Republican Whip.
In 2011, for the first time in Tennessee history, conservatives controlled the Governorship and both chambers of the General Assembly. She was immediately elected by her colleagues, and Maggart, 52, wasted no time in implementing an ambitious reform agenda.
* The elimination of the death tax;
* The repeal of the gift tax;
* A commitment to a forever ban on a state income tax;
* A voter photo ID requirement that protects elections from fraud;
* A crackdown on violent sex offenders;
* Tort reforms so businesses can operate on a level playing field;
* As well as passage of two balanced budgets.
Dr. Art Laffer, the father of supply-side economics, now lives in Nashville, and describes Maggart as a “proven fighter for pro-growth economic policies. While Washington continually eschews its fiscal responsibilities, Tennessee has become a model for how government should conduct itself. Coupled with Tennessee’s right to work status, her initiatives are making the state one of the nation’s premier locations for new jobs.
“Tennesseans owe a debt of gratitude to Debra Maggart for these victories, and she has helped advanced the cause of economic freedom to lengths unseen in the modern era.”
She was first elected in 2004 and was among the few legislators who endorsed Romney last year. Maggart, a grandmother and Rolling Stones fan, resides in Hendersonville. Her interest in politics dates back to childhood. She grew up in Governor A.H. Roberts’ home. He was responsible for calling the special session in which Tennessee voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution to give women the right to vote.