“I am running for state representative because I want to improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans,” Dennis said. “I will continue to work to create new jobs for our region and to provide the best educational opportunities for our children.”
"Vance Dennis is a true conservative. He is an effective leader in the General Assembly who has worked to cut the size of government and to reduce spending," said House Speaker Beth Harwell. “Vance is a reliable voice in the capitol for families and employers.”
As a friend of business owners and working people, Dennis led his colleagues in the General Assembly to spur job creation by making our state more business friendly and by reducing red tape and regulations that stifle new jobs. Dennis’ efforts to enact major tort reform have made Tennessee more attractive to businesses looking to create new jobs. This year, he supported a new law that promotes highway access for industrial employers and co-sponsored legislation to attract manufacturing operations to Tennessee.
Dennis believes strong support for a great public education in Tennessee is important for economic development, and voted to fully fund K-12 public schools this year. He also supported measures that ensure teachers are rewarded for their excellence in the classroom, a bill that increases parental involvement and awareness of required testing in public schools, and legislation that will prevent student test scores from being used to revoke or not renew a teacher’s license. Further, he voted for legislation to stop further implementation of Common Core and delay Common Core testing, to ensure Tennessee values remain in Tennessee schools.
“Vance Dennis has worked diligently to make Tennessee a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Rep. Glen Casada, Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. “The people of Hardin County will be well served by his leadership in Nashville.”
Tax cuts are a top priority for Rep. Dennis. Last year, he worked with Governor Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell to cut the sales tax on food and to eliminate taxes for small business owners and farmers.
Dennis supports legislation to make our communities safer from crime and drugs. He is also a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, supporting multiple bills backed by the National Rifle Association. Those measures include simplifying the carry permit process for responsible permit holders, allowing gun carry in a car without a permit, protecting hunters from interference by unmanned drones, and further expanding the right to carry in a vehicle without fear of a criminal penalty.
“I have enjoyed working with Senator Dolores Gresham to represent our region and look forward to representing the hard working people of Hardin County," Dennis said. "I have an open door policy, and everyone is welcome to contact me for assistance or to voice your opinions on legislation being considered in Nashville."
Vance and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of two sons. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.
Early voting begins July 18. Election day is August 7.