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Debra Maggart      

Policy Advisor at Nelson Mullins; Former Republican Caucus Whip of the Tennessee House of Representatives

Debra Maggart is a policy advisor who served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2004-2012. While serving in the House, Debra was elected House Republican whip and House Republican Caucus chair where she oversaw the Republican agenda and Republican legislative campaigns. Debra also held a senior vice president role of a full-service government relations, lobbying, and public relations subsidiary firm.

Speech Topics

Sex Offender Legislation

Do sex offenders get off too easily? Debra Maggart's insightful commentary will enhance your coverage of sex-offender-related news, legislation and sting operations. As the lead sponsor on a number of bills dealing with sex offenders and sex trafficking in the Tennessee statehouse, Debra Maggart will help your audience look at all sides of this important complex and controversial issue.

Tennessee Politics

How did Tennessee Republicans take the House? As a former House Caucus Chairperson, Debra Maggart offers an insiders view of the successes and challenges behind the Republican Party's unprecedented successes in Tennessee State Government, including their accomplishment of a Republican majority in the state legislature in 2010.

Education Reform

Is abandoning No Child Left Behind the right move for students? As the Executive Director of COMPASS, a Sumner County, TN based business and community school partnership, Debra Maggart is equipped to offer a unique perspective on a variety of education-related topics including school choice, voucher programs, magnet schools and education reform.

Conservative Issues

What does it mean to be a Conservative today? This former Tennessee state legislator is equipped to discuss a wide variety of Conservative issues including the importance of eliminating burdensome regulation, unrestrained tax-and-spend government, and the elimination of the death tax and inheritance tax.

Republican Party Dynamics

Where did the Right go wrong? Debra Maggart explains what Republican candidates' performance in recent elections really means for the future of the party. She sheds light on the "circular firing squad" and other factors responsible for the party's failure to return a Republican to the White House and other key offices, including hijacking of the party message by hard core leadership, and reliance on factions instead of coalitions.

Pro-Life Issues

Should voters have the final say about how abortion is regulated in a state? Debra Maggart explains why more and more states are proposing legislation such as SJR127, a bill that amends the Tennessee state constitution to allow voters to decide this critical issue at the polls. As the sponsor of this bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2011, Debra Maggart led the charge on this states' rights issue, which seeks to restore to the legislature a critical decision-making power.

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Photo ID to Vote

Are voter ID laws really necessary? Debra explains why voter ID laws, which 30 states have now enacted in some form, are desperately needed to combat voter fraud.

Collective Bargaining

Is limiting the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees un-American? Debra Maggart offers straight talk on the collective bargaining process and its true impact on the educational system. As the sponsor of Tennessee House Bill 130, Debra advocated replacing the confrontational collective bargaining process with a collaborative system that promised a win-win for children's education.

Gun Rights

Should the rights of gun owners trump the rights of property owners? Debra Maggart cuts through the hype to examine the true implications of unfettered gun rights legislation and other Second Amendment issues.

NRA Hegemony

What does the NRA's "shoot-to-kill" approach to legislators who break rank really mean for the American political system? Debra Maggart, a former lifetime member of the NRA and co-sponsor of ten gun rights bills, has a fascinating story to tell about what happens when a long-time political ally turns its back on a candidate. She offers a no holds barred look at how the NRA really works and the ominous implications for elected officials -- and their constituents -- nationwide.

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NRA attacks and defeats lawmakers who seek gun control - NY ...
Debra Maggart, a gun-owning, life-time NRA member who served as the No. 3 Republican in the Tennessee state House, was the target of one such extreme ...

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