David Byrd

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David Byrd
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 71
In office
November 4, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
David Byrd is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 71. Byrd was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Campaign themes


Byrd's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Common Core Standards

  • Excerpt: "Curriculum standards should be adopted by state and local districts and not from Washington, D.C. These standards were never tested or piloted and were never approved by Congress, State Legislators, or Local Boards of Education."

State Testing

  • Excerpt: "Local Boards of Education should decide on what subjects and grades need to be tested. Our students are being tested to death, and teachers are so frustrated because all they have time to do is teach to the test and fill out endless paperwork."

GED Inequity

  • Excerpt: "If a GED is supposed to be equivalent to a high school diploma and is recognized by colleges and business as such, why does its completion not count toward our graduation rates?"

Graduation Rate Fairness

  • Excerpt: "We are mandated to attend to students with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other severe handicaps. These students do not receive a regular high school diploma. Yet, their failure to achieve this diploma is counted as if they were enrolled but did not graduate. "

Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "District 71 is desperate for a State Representative who will make job creation a top priority!"



See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Vance Dennis was defeated by David Byrd in the Republican primary. Byrd was unopposed in the general election.[2][3]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 71 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Byrd 53.3% 5,786
Vance Dennis Incumbent 46.7% 5,078
Total Votes 10,864

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