Mark Pody

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Mark Pody
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 46
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayApril 23, 1956
Place of birthSpokane, WA
ProfessionInsurance
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark Pody is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Pody owned a financial planning and insurance firm.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pody served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Utilities
Consumer and Human Resources, Vice-chair
Fiscal Review

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pody served on these committees:

Issues

Hotel tax

In February 2014, Pody supported a proposal to raise hotel taxes in Wilson County, Tennessee, which boasts one of the highest hotel taxes in the country. Pody has argued that if the city council or county commission of which he represents supported a measure, he would bring a proposal forward in the State House. “I said if something came to me from local people, and it had two-thirds majority in the city council or county commission that I would carry it down at the Capitol,” Pody said in an interview. “It’s my duty to support the local people and do whatever they want. I wasn’t trying to pass judgment as to whether I liked it or didn’t like it. I’m not jumping up and down with any tax increase. I even talked to the tea party people and told them I’m caught this way,” said Pody.[1]

Teachers' union bill

The Tennessee Tea Party emailed an alert about 20 House Republicans in March 2011 for refusing to take a strong public stand on a dominating issues: teachers’ union collective bargaining.

The Tennessee Tea Party's “action alert” encouraged Tennesseans sympathetic to their cause to pressure middle-of-the-road Republicans to get on board with conservative efforts to ban collective bargaining for public school teachers.

“I generally don’t take a firm stand on a bill until it’s completed, especially if there’s a great chance it’s going to be amended,” said Rep. Vince Dean.

Dean added that the legislation still has a long way to go before becoming law.

Rep. Scotty Campbell said he avoided taking a position because that’s what Gov. Bill Haslam had done.

“I was trying to follow his lead, and I think that was the commendable thing to do on this issue in particular,” said Campbell. “I didn’t campaign on it, it wasn’t part of my agenda and I think there are bigger matters facing us, like the economy, jobs, and the need to pass a balanced budget, which we of course have to do.”

Rep. Mark Pody said he would informally polling teachers in his district to see whether or not they favor union collective bargaining.

When the Tennessee Report asked whether he thinks unions are a positive influence in education, Pody said, “That’s exactly why I am going to the schools — to see what is best for the students.”[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Candace Reed was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mark Pody was unopposed in the Republican primary. Reed and Pody will face off in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pody ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 46. Pody ran unopposed in the August 2 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pody defeated Democrat Stratton Bone, Jr. in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[7][8]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 46 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Pody (R) 9,270
Stratton Bone (D) 8,181

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pody is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pody raised a total of $113,569 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[9]

Mark Pody's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 46 Won $44,403
2010 Tennessee State House, District 46 Won $69,166
Grand Total Raised $113,569

2012

Pody won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pody raised a total of $44,403.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Pody's campaign in 2012
Beavers, Mae$2,000
McCall II, Albert$1,500
Tennessee Bankers Association$1,250
Cowden, Jacqueline$1,200
McCall, Virginia$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$44,403
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pody won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pody raised a total of $69,166.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Tennessee

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Pody endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election.

Personal

Pody and his wife, Barbara, have two children. They currently reside in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stratton Bone, Jr.
Tennessee House of Representatives District 46
2010-present
Succeeded by
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