Ideas in Action: Tennessee Senator Kerry Roberts


Tennessee Senator Kerry Roberts believes in the power of work. It’s what led him to get involved with FGA, and the reason he fought for reforms that would help reduce barriers to work in Tennessee. In 2017, Senator Roberts introduced a Freedom to Work reform in Tennessee to reduce the government-imposed barriers to work in the state. When Senator Roberts witnessed how these occupational licensing laws stand in the way of entrepreneurs and small business owners, and as a result, limit choices for consumers, he knew something had to change.

The road to reducing barriers to work wasn’t always easy—Senator Roberts’ faced opposition from well-funded special interest groups, but he remained committed to ending unnecessary regulations throughout the state. Watch the inspiring story of Senator Kerry Roberts’ successful efforts to remove barriers to work and provide consumers with more choices—and lowered costs—throughout the state of Tennessee.