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About Barrett

November 30, 2010 — admin @ 11:32 pm



Representative Barrett Rich was first elected to serve the citizens of State House District 94, which includes Fayette County, rural Hardeman County and southern Tipton County, in November of 2008.

Born and raised in Somerville, Tennessee, Barrett was first inspired to serve others while in Boy Scouts, where he eventually became an Eagle Scout. He earned a degree in Management from Bethel College and began a law enforcement career as a cadet in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. Barrett rose through the ranks to become a Tennessee State Trooper, and after nearly three years as a road trooper, was selected to join the Governor’s Security Detail first for Governor Don Sundquist and later for Governor Phil Bredesen. After 10 years in law enforcement, Barrett embarked on a successful career in the business community.

Prior to running for elected office, Barrett founded the Fayette and Hardeman County Young Republicans which eventually became the largest Young Republican organization in Tennessee. Once elected to the legislature, Barrett was elected by his peers to be the Assistant Republican Floor Leader and Freshman Class President.


Trooper Barrett Rich with Gary Rich

Barrett has always believed in the ability of the public to build better and safer communities. In addition to receiving an endorsement from the National Federation of Small Businesses and maintaining a 100% pro-business voting record, he has shown, through his support and sponsorship of legislation, his staunch commitment to conservative principles and ideals, including:

  • Keeping taxes low and reducing wasteful spending
  • Protecting the right to keep and bear arms so that citizens can ultimately protect themselves
  • Promoting pro-life principles
  • Supporting a constitutional amendment opposing a state income tax
Co-sponsorship of SJR-127, the Pro-Life amendment to the Tennessee Constitution
Reductions in wasteful spending
HB952 – allows law-abiding Tennesseans to protect themselves against criminals.
He is a co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment opposing a State Income Tax.
He sponsored legislation requiring violent criminals to serve at least 85% of their sentence (HB 241)
Barrett Speaks to Somerville Rotary
He has a 100% pro-business voting record and is endorsed by NFIB, the voic

The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced that State Representative Barrett Rich (R–Somerville) has been awarded the coveted ACU ‘Defender of Liberty’ 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’s highest and most revered honor available to lawmakers. “I am truly humbled to be presented this award by the American Conservative Union,” said Representative Rich. “I am committed to working with my colleagues in the Tennessee General Assembly to lower taxes, cut government waste, and help create an environment in our state where businesses can grow and thrive. I am thankful for organizations like the ACU who recognize the work of our conservative Republican majority and look forward to advancing our shared Tennessee values even further in the coming weeks.” For more information on the American Conservative Union or to download the full Tennessee 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide, please click here or visit their website at Barrett Rich serves as Chairman of the House Health Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Criminal Justice Committee and House Ethics Committee. He represents District 94, which encompasses all of Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties. He can be reached by email at or by calling 1-800-449-8366, ext. 16890.
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