With over a dozen candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, it can be hard for voters to know where each candidate stands on important issues like taxes and spending.  

So far, two candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to oppose and vote against any tax hikes on Tennessee taxpayers: Manny Sethi and Bill Hagerty.  

With a Solid Republican rating by The Cook Political Report, the winner of the August primary is a strong favorite to become the next Senator from Tennessee. 

Hagerty is a businessman and served as the United States’ Ambassador to Japan from 2017-2019. He has also received an endorsement from President Trump. 

Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon and the founder of Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit group promoting preventative healthcare. He has received endorsements from Senator Rand Paul and former Tennessee Congressman Ed Bryant.   

In The Volunteer State, both U.S. Senators and 6 of the 9 U.S. House members have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break. 

ATR strongly urges all candidates running for elected office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledges. Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting