2020 Legislative Preview

Next week, the Tennessee legislature will meet back in Nashville to begin the 2020 legislative session. I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of my legislative priorities for this year.  Continue reading

Wishing you joy this Christmas season!

From my family to yours, I hope that your holidays are filled with joy, peace, and the blessing of good friends and family. Continue reading

A $7,000 Scholarship

Over the last few weeks, I have met with many families in my district to share how to access the $7,000 scholarship that our Education Savings Account program will provide. Continue reading

Legislation for Election Night

It's a big week for Memphis! Election Day is this Thursday, October 3. State law prescribes that early and absentee voting results may not be released until all polls in the county are closed and every voter waiting in line has voted. In Shelby County, this means that early voting and absentee vote counts often cannot be released until after 8 o'clock. However, the definition of poll closure is interpreted differently across the state: other counties seem to release their early and absentee results at 7:01pm. Continue reading

Gemantown Flood Recovery

Our Germantown community has made an incredible effort to assist those in need after the June 7th flooding. There is still work to be done to help our neighbors recover. Below are just a few ways to help and resources for assistance.  Continue reading

July Legislative Update

Several new laws that I worked to pass this year will go into effect today. I wanted to take a moment to let you know about them. Continue reading

Statement on the Death of Brandon Webber

I have watched with much sadness the events surrounding the death of Brandon Webber in Frayser this week. I have withheld making a public statement until now because, in my experience, initial reports are often filled with false rumors. It will still be some time before all the facts are revealed, but I want to state the following clearly. Continue reading

2019 Yearly Review

My 15th year in the legislature was my most productive yet. It shows what we can accomplish for Tennesseans with a conservative governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House. We passed school choice for low-income children in Memphis and Nashville; repealed the professional privilege tax for 15 different professions; created a new charter school appeal board; allowed mobile sports betting; created a tax incentive to encourage a $1 billion investment by FedEx at the airport; encouraged our state universities to explore fairly compensating their athletes; and invested $10 million to landscape Tom Lee Park, $2.5 million to build an outdoor amphitheater at Germantown Performing Arts Center, and $6 million to renovate the University of Memphis-Lambuth campus. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey files resolution commending Shelby County Schools’ new promotion policy to ensure students are prepared for third grade

(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) filed Senate Resolution 33 today commending Shelby County Schools on its adoption of a new promotion policy to ensure that its students are performing at grade level and are prepared for the next grade. In an effort to boost literacy rates among young students, Shelby County Schools has proposed a new policy to no longer promote those second-graders to third grade who are not ready. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey files resolution calling for TVA to remove toxic coal ash from Allen Fossil Plant

NASHVILLE –Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) filed a resolution today calling for the expeditious removal of toxic coal ash from the containment ponds at the Allen Fossil Plant on President’s Island in Memphis. Senate Joint Resolution 29 ­­asks the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to take action to ensure that Memphis water is protected from a potential breach. Continue reading