The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2018
State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has officially announced his intention to seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
“My family and I are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement during this process,” Sparks said. “We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive comments sent our way.”
Sparks was first elected to serve the men, women and families of District 49 in 2010. During his tenure, Rep. Sparks has obtained critical funding for various infrastructure projects in Smyrna, La Vergne and the northern portion of Murfreesboro.
A fierce advocate for education, he has fought to secure $27 million in funding for the expansion of Motlow State Community College, as well as an additional $40 million for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) location in Smyrna and a new science building at Middle Tennessee State University.
Over the past several years, Sparks and House Republicans have increased funding for K-12 education by more than $1.2 billion while also cutting taxes on hardworking citizens. This investment has resulted in our students becoming the fast-improving in the entire nation across math, reading and science. Tennessee also posted the highest high school graduation rates ever last year – 89.1 percent.
“Education is the cornerstone in the foundation of the future leaders of our community,” added Sparks. “When we invest in our students, back our educators and provide additional resources for our academic facilities, we solidify our future, and all of Tennessee benefits.”
Tennessee is truly thriving under the leadership of Rep. Sparks and House Republicans. In recent years, more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs have been created. Our state has also experienced historically low unemployment rates, and a job growth rate greater than 17 percent.
Additionally, Sparks and Republican lawmakers have cut nearly three times as much in taxes as any other administration and General Assembly in state history over the last seven years. They have more than doubled the state’s savings account (Rainy Day Fund) since 2011, and the fund is now at its highest level ever – approaching $1 billion. Tennessee has the lowest debt per capita, lowest overall taxes, no transportation debt and the lowest interest rate in state recorded history.
Recently, WalletHub ranked Tennessee as the No. 1 state to be a taxpayer, based on our conservative monetary decisions, our low tax structure and other key fiscal indicators. Other studies rank us similarly.
“I renew my pledge to the hardworking men, women and families of our community to support conservative policies that make Tennessee one of the best places in the nation to live, work, play and raise a family. I will continue my unwavering support to protect the rights of the unborn, as well as our First and Second Amendment rights. It is a privilege to serve the citizens of our communities, and I will continue to do so with honesty and integrity,” Sparks concluded.
Sparks serves as vice chairman of the House Calendar & Rules Committee. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Business & Utilities Subcommittee. He is a graduate of Smyrna High School, Motlow State and Middle Tennessee State University. He and his wife Felicia have been married for 29 years and have two children. He can be reached by e-mail at Rep.Mike.Sparks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-6829.