Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Tennessee House of Representatives

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The Finance, Ways, and Means Committee is a standing committee of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Per Rule 6 of the House Rules, committees of the Tennessee House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House.[1] In each standing committee and for the Committee on Calendar and Rules, the Speaker of the House appoints one chair, one vice-chair, and one secretary. The Speaker considers the abilities, preferences, seniority of members, and the political party representation in the House when appointing committees and committee officers. Members are appointed to server on no more than two standing committees, exclusive of the Committee on Calendar and Rules.[1][2] The Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tempore are voting members of each standing committee.[1][3]

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Much of the activity of the House Finance, Ways and Means centers around the preparation of the general appropriations bill, but any measure which has a fiscal impact of $100,000 or more under the rules of the House is referred to this committee from other standing committees. Many subject matters are covered by the committee: bonds and bonding of revenue (including issuance and payment or retirement of bonds); tax-levying measures and the raising of revenue at the state level; tax-reducing measures; pension and retirement fund bills; the expenditure of funds; deposit of public monies, etc. The committee also holds budget hearings on the general appropriations bill.[4][5]


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2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Finance, Ways, and Means Members, 2015
Democratic members (7)Republican members (16)
Joe ArmstrongCharles Sargent, Jr., Chair
Karen CamperDavid Alexander, Tennessee, Vice chair
Barbara CooperKevin Brooks
Craig FitzhughMike Carter (Tennessee representative)
Brenda GilmoreBill Dunn
Larry Miller (Tennessee representative)Mike Harrison
Bo MitchellDavid Hawk
Ryan Haynes
Patsy Hazlewood
Matthew Hill
Curtis Johnson
Susan Lynn
Gerald McCormick
Steve McDaniel
Stephen McManus
Curry Todd


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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