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Susan Lynn


House District57

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Mt. Juliet

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Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?


Would you support or oppose legislation that would make either sexual orientation or gender identity/expression a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?


Would you support or oppose a bill to amend Tennessee’s marriage statute to expressly authorize the issuance of marriage licenses to two people of the same sex?


Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?


Would you support or oppose legislation to allow the state to defend public K-12 schools that are sued because they designate the use of locker rooms and bathrooms on the basis of biological sex instead of the gender by which a student identifies?


Do you support or oppose the proposition, advanced by a certain business coalition, that the bill described in question 5 is “discriminatory” and “would harm our economy and damage our state’s reputation”?


Currently, a majority of the Justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court select the state’s Attorney General and Reporter. Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Legislature to elect the Attorney General and Reporter in the same manner that it elects the Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer?


Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Governor to appoint the state’s Attorney General and Reporter subject to confirmation by the Legislature, as now happens with the appointment of the state’s Supreme Court Justices?


Would you support or oppose legislation, like Insure Tennessee proposed by Governor Haslam in 2015, that would expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee beyond the Medicaid-eligible population?


Do you support or oppose the decision by the state’s Department of Health to disregard the state’s current adoption laws and allow a child’s original birth certificate to show that the child has two mothers simply because one of the women is married to the child’s biological mother?


Would you support or oppose a bill that would prohibit the state or local governmental entities from either giving preference to or discriminating against a business entity in awarding of grants or contracts based on whether the business has made sexual orientation or gender identity a protected status under its personnel policies, assuming that either of such statuses is not otherwise required by federal law?


Would you support or oppose legislation to award all of Tennessee’s Electors in a presidential election to the Party of the candidate who wins the national popular vote?


Do you support or oppose legalizing horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?


There is a school of thought that the Constitution is a “living” document, meaning its various provisions are evolving and should be interpreted in the context of contemporary societal mores. Would you support or oppose a nominee to the Tennessee Supreme Court if there is credible evidence that the nominee believes the state or federal Constitution should be viewed or interpreted as a “living” document?


Would you support or oppose legislation to ensure that an adoption agency with a sincerely held belief that marriage is only one man and one woman would not lose its state license to make adoption placements if it only placed children in homes into which the marriage was of one man and one woman?



Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.

State government policies can help or hinder economic growth. The state should not pick winners and losers through legislation or policies. The state should not dictate wages or benefits to private employers. The state should not dictate business plans by forcing businesses to provide some service or feature that is outside of a legitimate concern over fraud or safety and which is backed up by actual data. I have seen too many legislators bring a bill simply because they personally don't like a product. Outside of fraud and safety concerns, the state should leave business alone. The state should facilitate safe roads, find ways to ease congestion and build projects that support economic growth such exit ramps from state highways, stronger bridges to carry heavier loads if needed or by improving narrow state roads. The state should ensure high standards for the education of the K-12 students, and use lottery funds to help both recent graduates and adults who have not completed career technical education or college education. State colleges and universities offerings should be based on areas where there is demand for employment.

What are your thoughts about a parent of a child in a low performing public school being provided a voucher equal to the amount of the state’s per-student expenditure that would be applied toward the child’s private school tuition?

I support vouchers for children in low performing public schools.

What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?

I am most proud of my children. We raised them in church and each is a born again Christian and each married a born again Christian. They are each now raising children of their own and have had challenges through which their faith has supported them.

Legislatively, I am very proud of my pro-life work but I think my favorite bill of all time that I have passed is the National Motto bill - a bill to display our National Motto "In God We Trust' in our public schools where the students can see it.

What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?

I have a Bachelors of Science in economics. My background is in regulatory compliance and I work as a financial analyst. I am a very logical person, and so emotional appeals do not influence me. My husband and I owned our own business for 15 years. In my role in the state legislature I have chaired the Government Operations Committee which is the regulatory rules committee, and I also have chaired the House Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee which is a business committee dealing with workers comp, unemployment, employment, wages, and many, many consumer matters. I also serve on the House Finance Committee and the House Ethics Committee - all at the pleasure of the Speaker. The Governor has appointed me to serve on the State Workforce Development Board and to the Launch Tennessee Board of Directors. Finally, I was elected to the Fiscal Review Committee and to the Greater Nashville Regional Council by my peers in the legislature. I am grateful that these individuals saw something in me to place me in these various roles but it is what serving in each of these roles has taught me that I value most about these several opportunities. My Christian faith guides me everyday, and I consider my work as a General Assembly member to be my Christian mission. I am not sure why God has thus moved the hearts of the voters to place me here but I do know this, I am humbly, ever grateful for the opportunity, and from day one I have been determined to never squander a moment with anything but a commitment to duty serving the people of the 57th District.

What bill that passed in the last General Assembly would you have voted against and why, or what bill that was not passed in the last General Assembly do you wish had passed and why?

In the last General Assembly a bill passed to allow MTSU and Tennessee State University to sell alcohol at the ball games - I voted no on the floor and in the Finance Committee. I think it is a terrible bill.