Judy Barker seeking re-election as state rep
Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 8:54 pm
State Rep. Judy Barker has officially announced she is seeking re-election to represent Northwest Tennessee in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The 77th District, which Barker has represented since 2009, includes Lake, Obion and part of Dyer counties.
“I have visited with many families throughout northwest Tennessee, and I understand and can represent the values and views of our district,” she said. “I want to continue representing those views as part of the solution in Nashville.”
She said one of her top priorities will continue to be making state government more efficient, effective and responsive.
“We have worked hard to balance our state’s budget without raising taxes,” she said. “We will continue to do this while ensuring northwest Tennessee has adequate opportunity for further growth while our area is in economic recovery.
“We are encouraging job creation through lower taxes for small businesses, maintaining a well-trained workforce and improving our area’s infrastructure. Investments in good roads pave the way for new jobs.”
Mrs. Barker said she works on northwest Ten-nessee’s infrastructure im-provements through her work on the House Transportation Committee and the House Rural Roads Subcommittee.
Construction has begun on Interstate 69 in Obion County. She said she is working with local leaders on funding opportunities for the Northwest Tennessee Port and Industrial Park. Northwest Tennessee will also see economic benefits from the Everett-Stewart Airport runway extension and improvements at the Dyersburg Regional Airport, she said.
She said progress continues to be made for the preservation and promotion of Reelfoot Lake. Construction of the new spillway is moving forward and older boat ramps have been rebuilt allowing safe access for sportsmen.
“This is an exciting time for northwest Tennessee, with many opportunities to improve our area, create new jobs and recruit industry to our region,” Mrs. Barker said.
She also serves on the House Education Committee and the K-12 Subcommittee, both of which were instrumental in a January special session to reform Tennessee’s schools.
“I was extremely proud to be part of the bipartisan work that resulted in Tennessee winning a $500 million federal Race to the Top award to improve our schools,” she said. “It was wonderful to experience the willingness of members of the General Assembly to put aside political differences and put Tennessee’s children first.”
In the 106th General Assembly, Mrs. Barker also sponsored legislation to crack down on gangs and extend jail sentences for some violent crimes; voted to require Tennessee’s driver license tests to be written in English only; supported a resolution congratulating Arizona on its new border security law; helped pass a bill requiring jailers to determine whether inmates are in the country legally; and co-sponsored legislation protecting vulnerable seniors from abuse.
She said her voting record proves her strong commitment to 2nd Amendment rights and pro-life issues. Her record in favor of economic development earned her the honor of 2010 Legislator of the Year from the Tennessee Development District Association.
“The most crucial part of my public service is communicating with northwest Tennesseans about my work on their behalf but, more importantly, listening to their concerns and ideas to help workers find jobs, students be successful and seniors and veterans get the assistance they need,” she said. “I am proud of the constant communication we have with families, businesses and local leaders in Lake, Obion and Dyer counties.
“We look forward to continuing this dialogue with northwest Tennesseans and representing our views in Nashville.”
Mrs. Barker lives on a small farm in Obion County with her husband, Wayne, and they have two sons, Tyler and Parks. Mrs. Barker owns her own law office, where she works with senior citizens and others in estate planning. Her website is www.judybarker.org.
Published in The Messenger 8.4.10