Vance Dennis

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Vance Dennis
Personal details
Born December 9, 1975
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Occupation Attorney
Religion Baptist

Vance Dennis is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 71st district, encompassing Savannah, Tennessee, Hardin County, McNairy County and part of Decatur County.[1][2]

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Dennis was born on December 9, 1975.[1] He received a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.[1] He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, and a past president of their Alpha Kappa chapter.[1]

Dennis started his career as an attorney.[1] He is a member and past President of the Savannah Lions Club.[1][2]

Tennessee House of Representatives[edit]

In 2011, Dennis sponsored a bill to record all police interrogations, but it failed.[3] In January 2012 he proposed an anti-bullying bill with Jim Tracy; it was publicly denounced by Matthew Shepard's father because it carved out an exception for the expression of religious or political views, which opponents called a "license to bully."[4][4][5]

Dennis is an active member in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and has attended meetings of the organization.[6]

Decreased welfare to families with a child making inadequate academic progress[edit]

In 2013, Dennis sponsored House Bill 0261[7] which cuts by 30% the payment made to parents or caretakers of children in families eligible for Tennessee's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program if any of the children fail to meet requirements for grades or attendance.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with two children.[1] He is a Baptist.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Capitol biography
  2. ^ a b Official website biography
  3. ^ Daily Mail Reporter, 'We'll give you the death penalty': How police 'forced innocent boy, 12, to confess to strangling his sister, 11', in The Daily Mail, 15th January 2012 [1]
  4. ^ a b Aundrea Cline-Thomas, 'Father Advocates For Stronger Bullying Laws', WTVF, Jan 26, 2012 [2]
  5. ^ 'Father of Hate Crime Victim Concerned Over Anti-Gay Legislation', Nashville Public Radio, January 25th, 2012 [3]
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  8. ^ Humphrey, Tom (March 31, 2013). "Bill tying student performance to welfare benefits advancing in Legislature". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved April 2, 2013.