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Oct 21

ETEC Meeting: TN State Senator Mark Norris

October 21, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

mark-norrisMark Norris
Senator, District 32
State of Tennessee

Elected in the first year of the new millennium, Mark Norris brought new energy to the State Senate in 2000.

7 years later, he took charge as the first Republican Senate Majority Leader from West of the Tennessee River in more than a decade.

In the ensuing years, was instrumental in growing the Republican Majority from 17 out of 33 members in 2007 to 28 out of 33 members today.

Recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business in 2008 and 2013 as a Guardian of Small Business, he has championed economic growth. Tennessee is now one of the top states in the nation for business with the number one growth in personal income in the Southeast and the lowest debt per capita nationwide.

Norris received the American Conservative Union’s Award for Conservative Excellence in 2016.

Through tax cuts which he sponsored, (including repeal of the gift tax and the death tax), reductions in the size of state government, and innovative reforms like LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) and the VETS (Veterans Education Transition) Support Act, he is known for his innovation.

Senator Norris received the 2016 Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging “Aging Impact Award” for working to combat elder abuse. It is one of the highest honors given by the SE4A Board in recognition of a public official who has made a significant impact on the quality of life for older adults.

Norris was responsible for initiating the referendum to amend the Tennessee Constitution to provide property tax relief for senior citizens. Once on the ballot, the referendum passed in 2006 with nearly 1.4 million votes constituting over 80% of the vote. Norris subsequently sponsored and passed the Property Tax Freeze Act of 2007. Today, more than 47,000 Tennesseans in 23 counties and 29 municipalities are beneficiaries of the Norris property tax relief program.

In 2014, he was named Legislator of the Year 3 times: by the Tennessee PTA for his focus on education, children and families in restoring parental choice and neighborhood schools; the AMVETS awarded him their coveted Silver Bayonet Award for his relentless focus on veterans needs — from college degrees and jobs to a new state veterans home; and the Tennessee Association for Justice recognized him for reforming the state’s medical liability and workers’ comp laws while preserving access to justice and protecting the rights of individuals.

More recently, Leader Norris received the Tennessee Chamber’s “Champion of Commerce” Award, in part, as a result of his relentless pursuit of opportunities for Tennessee students at all levels — traditional and non-traditional — to receive a relevant education and gainful employment.

In 2015, Norris received the Distinguished Service to the States Medal following his chairmanship of the Council of State Governments. His “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative was recognized nationwide
for charting a course to economic recovery through relevant education, entrepreneurship and investment in initiatives like Tennessee Promise and the Drive to 55.

Through it all, Mark has remained true to his faith, his family and his farm in the Wolf River bottoms of Shelby County where he and his wife, Chris, enjoy living with four generations of family including their two grandchildren.



October 21, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am
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UT Outreach Center, Homer Fisher Room
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
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