Re-vote on Polk resolution featured wild swings for and against

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) was among 13 members who swung their support to the Polk resolution after declining to support it the first time, while 11 switched from yes to no.

A net gain of two supporters was enough to secure passage of a resolution urging the body of President Jame K. Polk to be exhumed from the state Capitol grounds and moved to Columbia. But that doesn’t tell the whole story about the the wild swing in votes on the controversial measure.

Just 37 members voted for the resolution both times it was up on the floor. Eleven lawmakers who had voted for it when it failed on a 49-37 vote last month (one short of the 50-vote minimum) jumped ship to vote against it when it came back up on Monday night. But it gained the support of 13 members who hadn’t voted for it the first time to pass 51-37 on the re-vote.

There was some chatter on the House floor after the Monday night vote that there was  confusion about whether they were voting to end debate or on the resolution itself.

Here are the lawmakers who swung their support in favor of the Polk resolution:

  1. Rep. Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon): No to yes.
  2. Rep. Jim Coley (R-Barlett): No to yes.
  3. Rep. Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville): No to yes.
  4. Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville): No to yes.
  5. Rep. Sabi Kumar (R-Springfield): No to yes.
  6. Rep. Mary Littleton (R-Dickson): Absent to yes.
  7. Rep. Debra Moody (R-Covington): No to yes.
  8. Rep. Jerome Moon (R-Maryville): Abstain to yes.
  9. Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville): No to yes.
  10. Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge): No to yes.
  11. Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton): Abstain to yes.
  12. Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station): No to yes.
  13. Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis): Abstain to yes.

Here are the lawmakers who voted for the bill the first time, but against the second:

  1. Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland).
  2. Rep. Kent Calfee (R-Kingston).
  3. Rep. Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis).
  4. Rep. JoAnne Favors (D-Chattanooga).
  5. Rep. John Forgety (R-Athens).
  6. Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer).
  7. Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown).
  8. Rep. Rick Staples (D-Knoxville).
  9. Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro).
  10. Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster).
  11. Rep. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro).

One Response to Re-vote on Polk resolution featured wild swings for and against

  • Donna Locke says:

    Well, a majority voted for it each time, and it had already passed through the senate almost unanimously, I believe. It’s the right vote. Nashville, as it is now and will become, will never honor and appreciate the Polks as Columbia does and will.

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