Jane Crisp, owner-operator of Chigger Ridge Bed and Breakfast and Horse Farm in Pegram, is seeking the District 78 Tennessee House of Representatives seat as a Democrat. Crisp, a licensed attorney is married to Doug O’Rear, a certified financial planner and part-time pastor at Eno and Oak Grove United Methodist Churches in Dickson County. He is immediate past pastor of Craggie Hope UMC. Crisp retains her membership at Pegram UMC. Between them, Crisp and her husband have four children and ten grandchildren. Crisp, the oldest of four sisters, shouldered much parental responsibility at age eleven when her father died and her mother went back to school. She started small businesses at even earlier age running errands and doing neighborhood chores.
Crisp worked her way through college and law school with the help of scholarships and loans. An early failed marriage left her a single working mother and student. She worked at various times as a waitress, a factory worker, and a public school teacher. While in law school she worked as a probation officer and became Director of Project First Offender upon graduation. As a lawyer, besides private practice, she was a Regional Attorney and later Lead Attorney with the State of Tennessee pursuing civil prosecution of child abuse and neglect and adult protection cases.
Crisp has served on numerous commissions and boards, including County Planning Commission, Urban Growth Planning Committee, Chamber of Commerce committees, Belmont University Advisory Board, Church offices and teacher, Leadership Cheatham County graduate and board member, Pegram Community Club, Kingston Springs Historic Association, women’s shelter and child daycare boards. She also hosts Chamber, Ark, Ministerial Alliance and other non-profit events and provides volunteer legal services for churches and civic organizations.
Crisp states, “My number one priority will be attracting higher paying jobs and increasing the wages of existing jobs so that our citizens will not be dependent on aid to have a minimal standard of living. Henry Ford believed in paying his workers enough so that they could afford to buy his automobiles. Pursuing his philosophy would benefit all Tennesseans, in terms of alleviating human suffering, quality of life, buying power, less drain on our tax resources, and more tax collections. Current policies keep our wages artificially low, having more minimum wage workers than any other state in the nation.”
Crisp, having been a school teacher and child advocate, will work to achieve the best public education possible for our children. She believes, “democracy and equal opportunity are dependent on good public schools” and will fight tirelessly to prevent the legislative movement toward private school vouchers. “Teachers,” Crisp says “ are the backbone of this country and deserve our support.”