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Bill Haslam on Social Security
Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Haslam on other issues.
  • TN named the best state in the country to retire in 2013. (Feb 2014)

Senate:

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Lamar Alexander on Social Security
Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Alexander on other issues.
  • Never reduce guaranteed Social Security benefits. (Oct 2008)
  • Allow workers to manage their own retirement funds. (May 1999)
  • Create Individual Security Accounts. (May 1999)
  • Fund IRA’s that individuals control themselves. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Carr on Social Security
Republican Challenger: Click here for Joe Carr on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Clayton on Social Security
Democratic Nominee: Click here for Mark Clayton on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Corker on Social Security
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Corker on other issues.
  • We must preserve benefits exactly as promised. (Sep 2006)
  • Support automatic payroll deductions for IRAs. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Zach Poskevich on Social Security
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Zach Poskevich on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Diane Black on Social Security
Republican (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Diane Black on other issues.
  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Nov 2010)
Marsha Blackburn on Social Security
Republican Representative (TN-7): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Marsha Blackburn on other issues.
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Steve Cohen on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steve Cohen on other issues.
  • Oppose the Bush “private accounts” Wall Street windfall. (Nov 2006)
  • Require small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits. (Mar 2008)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
Jim Cooper on Social Security
Democratic Representative (TN-5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jim Cooper on other issues.
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Scott DesJarlais on Social Security
Republican (District 4): Click here for Scott DesJarlais on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jimmy Duncan on Social Security
Republican Representative (TN-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jimmy Duncan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Stephen Fincher on Social Security
Republican (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Fincher on other issues.
  • No privatization; keep contract with seniors. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Chuck Fleischmann on Social Security
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chuck Fleischmann on other issues.
  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Nov 2010)
Phil Roe on Social Security
Republican (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Phil Roe on other issues.
  • Adjust system, in bipartisan way, to continue benefits. (Oct 2008)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Phil Bredesen on Social Security
Democratic TN Governor: Click here for Phil Bredesen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Don Sundquist on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Don Sundquist on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Ed Bryant on Social Security
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Bob Clement on Social Security
Former Democratic Senate Nominee (2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Bill Frist on Social Security
Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bill Frist on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Tipper Gore on Social Security
Democratic Candidate (Former): Click here for Tipper Gore on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Van Hilleary on Social Security
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Bill Jenkins on Social Security
Republican (Retired 2006) (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Jenkins on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rosalind Kurita on Social Security
Former Democratic challenger (2006): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rosalind Kurita on other issues.
  • Opposes radically changing with private accounts. (Feb 2006)
James Quillen on Social Security
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Quillen on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Fred Thompson on Social Security
Former Republican Senator; 2004 candidate for Pres.: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Fred Thompson on other issues.
  • Allow individual retirement accounts with government match. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Slower growth of benefits for future retirees. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform entitlements now so our grandkids don’t have to. (Dec 2007)
  • Revamp Social Security to pay $2.5T for new tax plan. (Nov 2007)
  • Allow 2% into a private personal account, with 2% match. (Nov 2007)
  • Present mandatory spending cycle is unsustainable. (Oct 2007)
  • Benefits ok in short-term, but we’re eating our seed corn. (Oct 2007)
  • Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, inflation-index pushes imbalance years away. (Oct 2007)
  • Deficit financing is unsustainable; it’s the future’s money. (Sep 2007)
  • Obligations will sap revenues; can’t pass that to kids. (Aug 2007)
  • Social Security & Medicare are generational wealth transfers. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Ed Bryant on Social Security
Republican (District 7): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Bob Clement on Social Security
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
David Davis on Social Security
Republican: Click here for David Davis on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Lincoln Davis on Social Security
Democratic Representative (TN-4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Davis on other issues.
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 80% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Social Security
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Harold Ford on other issues.
  • Privatization will not enhance solvency. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 88% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford-TN on Social Security
2006 Democratic challenger, Former U.S. Rep: Click here for Harold Ford-TN on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bart Gordon on Social Security
Democratic Representative (TN-6): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bart Gordon on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bo Heyward on Social Security
Independent challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bo Heyward on other issues.
  • Social Security should be done away with. (Apr 2006)
Van Hilleary on Social Security
Republican (District 4): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Chris Lugo on Social Security
Green challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Chris Lugo on other issues.
  • Support Social Security Notch reform. (Oct 2008)
  • Adjust COLA by CPI for Elderly Consumers. (Oct 2008)
  • Long term solvency sound; stop shifting Trust Fund money out. (Oct 2008)
  • Full funding of all entitlement programs without privatizing. (Aug 2006)
Mike Padgett on Social Security
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Mike Padgett on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Tanner on Social Security
Democratic Representative (TN-8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Tanner on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Dec 2003)
Bob Tuke on Social Security
Democratic challenger: Click here for Bob Tuke on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Zach Wamp on Social Security
Republican Representative (TN-3): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Zach Wamp on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Invest surplus Trust Fund in market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Eaton on Social Security
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Kenneth Eaton on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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