The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation‚Äôs oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced that State Representative Barrett Rich (R‚ÄďSomerville) has been awarded the coveted ACU ‚ÄėDefender of Liberty‚Äô award.
The award, which is presented to those members of the Tennessee General Assembly who scored 100 percent on the ACU Tennessee 2013 State Legislative Rating, is the organization‚Äôs highest and most revered honor available to lawmakers. (more…)
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced that Representative Rich received an ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ rating and their endorsement on behalf of all NRA members in the state of Tennessee. They recognize Representative Rich‚Äôs strong record of support on Second Amendment issues.¬† Representative Rich is honored to have the support of the NRA.
A recent audit of The Tennessee Board of Parole found that some parole officers have been checking on deceased felons, while failing to check on violent criminals and punish them accordingly. Representative Rich, Vice Chair of the Government Operations Committee, pressed the Board in a hearing last week. Rich and other legislators expressed their concern about the falsified reports, and mostly that the officers who were found to have falsified reports were not disciplined.¬† Representative Rich was critical of Board of Parole Chairman, Charles Traughber. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think that Mr. Traughber is specifically the cause, but I believe that, in and of itself, I would be embarrassed to know that under my watch that this has happened,‚ÄĚ he told The Tennessean.¬† Gary Tullock, who was in charge of the state‚Äôs parole and probation officers, has resigned, and the two officers in question are no longer working for the state.¬† The spokesperson for the Department of Corrections told The Tennessean that the investigation ordered by Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield is ongoing.
“TN parole board failings go back years” The Tennessean. Haas, Brian. 14 Oct 2012
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Tennessee’s leading small business association, endorsed Representative Rich in the race for the 94th House District. The endorsement was made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust), which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. This is the third consecutive time that Representative Rich has earned this important and prestigious endorsement.
In the statement released from NFIB on September 6, Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee said “Barrett Rich is a strong supporter of free enterprise and has done an outstanding job protecting small businesses in House District 94.” The release highlighted Representative Rich’s sponsorship of House Bill 3688 that protects small businesses during the regulatory process. His bill passed the state house with substantial bipartisan support, and Mr. Brown notes that it significantly helped small business by increasing transparency in government and reducing the regulatory burden on hard-working entrepreneurs.
Representative Rich is honored to receive the endorsement of the NFIB and knows how crucial it is to his campaign. The NFIB supporters are well known for their activity in local, state and federal election and their willingness to organize for pro-business candidates like Representative Rich.
Representative Barrett Rich (R-Somerville) has been named Vice-Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee for the 107th General Assembly. Representative Rich, who was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Whip, was also appointed to the Judiciary Committee. It is rare that a member of House Republican Leadership is also appointed to serve as a committee officer, but House Republican leaders noted they have confidence in Rich‚Äôs ability to lead.
‚ÄúI am very honored to have been named Vice-Chairman of the Government Operations Committee,‚ÄĚ said Rep. Rich. ‚ÄúI am committed to limited, efficient government, and this committee will be able to evaluate state government and make recommendations to make it better.‚ÄĚ
State Representative Barrett Rich¬†(R-Somerville) was elected Wednesday to serve the House Republican
Caucus in the Tennessee House of Representatives to the powerful¬†position of Whip. ¬†Rich was chosen by his colleagues in a vote as the¬†group met to organize their business in Nashville for the 107th General¬†Assembly. (more…)
(Nashville) The state‚Äôs oldest and largest prolife organization announced its official endorsement of candidate Barrett Rich for the 94th district state House seat. Speaking on behalf of the organization, Tennessee Right to Life president Brian Harris joined with other affiliate leaders to make the public announcement.
‚ÄúWith the election of Barrett Rich, voters in Fayette, Hardeman and Tipton counties have a unique opportunity to continue a legacy of principled prolife leadership from the 94th district,‚ÄĚ said Harris. ‚ÄúBased on Barrett‚Äôs active involvement with Tennessee Right to Life, we know that he is the natural candidate to represent those prolife convictions in Nashville.‚ÄĚ Click here for more info…