Chuck Fleischmann

Chuck Fleischmann


Congressman Chuck Fleischmann Praises Expansion of Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga


WASHINGTON− In response to Volkswagen’s announcement that it will expand its manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.

“The announcement of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant expansion and the creation of more the 2,000 new jobs is outstanding news not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, but for all of Tennessee. Chattanooga has been and will continue to be a prime business destination for national and international brands thanks to our strong workforce and Tennessee’s business friendly environment. I greatly appreciate Volkswagen’s commitment to Chattanooga, and am grateful for the economic impact it will continue to have in Tennessee.”


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Congressman Fleischmann Applauds Passage of Energy and Water Appropriations Bill


WASHINGTON− Last night, the House of Representatives approved the 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear activity, including much of the vital work that takes place in Oak Ridge, TN as well as the Army Corps of Engineers.  After passage, Congressman Fleischmann, who serves as Tennessee’s lone appropriator and member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, made the following statement. 

“This bill is a key example of prioritizing spending, which is as crucial now as ever.  As a result, there were some tough choices that had to be made. I am pleased that the important work taking place in Oak Ridge, TN has been recognized and that this bill fully funds the Uranium Processing Facility. Furthermore, Tennessee waterways projects, like the vital Chickamauga Lock, will receive important maintenance funding through this bill.”


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Congressman Fleischmann Responds To Supreme Court Ruling In Hobby Lobby Case


WASHINGTON− Congressman Fleischmann issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case.

“This morning, the Supreme Court defended religious freedoms by affirming that the federal government cannot infringe upon the religious beliefs of businesses like Hobby Lobby by forcing them to pay for contraceptives. Today’s ruling is a huge victory for religious liberties and the protection of the unborn, and yet another halt to Obama’s overreaching power. Our nation was founded on the core value of religious freedom, and Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate is a violation of this most fundamental liberty. The American people should never have to compromise their values or sacrifice their freedoms, and we must continue fighting to secure these Constitutional rights for all individuals and organizations.” 


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Congressman Fleischmann Comments On The Passing Of Howard Baker, Jr.


WASHINGTON− Upon hearing the news of former Senate Majority Leader Mr. Howard H. Baker, Jr.’s passing, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.

“It is with deep sadness today that I learned about the passing of one of Tennessee’s greatest statesmen, Mr. Howard Baker. As both the Senate Majority Leader and President Reagan’s Chief of Staff, Howard had an unparalleled ability to lead and build consensus allowing him to shape our nation as few before or after him ever have. His impact on the Republican Party and our country as a whole will forever be remembered. Brenda and I offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. I was blessed to have learned from Howard while serving as his Congressman and know that his spirit and legacy will continue to live on for years to come.”

As a native of Huntsville, TN, Mr. Howard H. Baker, Jr. served as Tennessee’s first popularly elected Republican Senator from 1967 until 1985. While in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Baker was elected to represent his colleagues as both Minority Leader and then Majority Leader. In 1987, Mr. Baker transferred to the Executive Branch where he served as President Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff.


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House Appropriations Committee Passes Energy And Water Bill


WASHINGTON− The House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill this afternoon. After passage of this bill, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.

“First and foremost, I am pleased to announce that this bill will effectively appropriate taxpayer dollars as well as provide strong oversight. The Energy and Water bill will strengthen our national defense and fund essential infrastructure projects while also setting federal spending levels. It fully funds the Uranium Processing Facility, a crucial component of our country’s nuclear security that will be built at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

The bill funds our environmental cleanup programs, critical science missions and domestic enrichment activities.  An amendment on contractor pensions that I proposed passed unanimously and clarified that NNSA defined benefit plans will not be adversely affected.”

To watch Congressman Fleischmann introduce his amendment, click here.


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Fleischmann Comments On The Resignation Of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki


WASHINGTON−Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement today after General Eric Shinseki announced his resignation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I would like to thank General Shinseki for his years of service to our nation.  However, his resignation alone will not fix the systemic problems within the VA.  The men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms deserve the absolute best care.  I have seen firsthand the inefficiencies within the system through my experiences with my father, and I have worked to increase veterans’ access to first-class care with the opening of three new VA clinics in East Tennessee.  However, there is still much more that must be done to fix this flawed system.  I am hopeful the President will work with Congress to implement real changes for our veterans.

The VA scandal is the latest item on a growing list of the Obama administration neglecting and misleading the American people.  Our constituents are angry with the administration’s refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing and address these critical issues in meaningful ways.  It is deplorable that this latest offense comes at the expense of those who have given the most to our country, and we must fix this broken system.”


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Rep. Fleischmann Champions Passage Of Funding Reform Bill For Chickamauga Lock


WASHINGTON−Today, with overwhelming support, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  Congressman Fleischmann presided as Speaker pro tempore during the House debate on WRRDA, and from the House floor encouraged his colleagues to support the legislation.  WRRDA marks the first real change to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which is the root of the funding issue for the Chickamauga Lock.  His speech can be seen below.


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Fleischmann Votes To Establish Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi Attack


WASHINGTON− This evening, the House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After the vote, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.

“It’s been nearly two years since four brave Americans were brutally murdered and yet, we still do not have a full understanding of the horrific events that occurred at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The American people and this Congress have repeatedly asked for answers, but the Obama administration continues to conceal crucial facts and prohibit access to essential documents. It is time we put an end to the administration’s games. Since the beginning, I have fought to uncover the truth and am pleased that the House has voted to establish a select committee to investigate the attack and the administration’s response.”


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Fleischmann Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress


WASHINGTON−This evening, the House of Representatives voted to hold Lois Lerner, a former top official at the IRS, in contempt of Congress. On two separate occasions, Lerner refused to answer questions about the IRS’s reported targeting of political groups while asserting her innocence. After the vote, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.

“The egregious actions by the IRS to single out and target conservative groups, including groups in Tennessee’s Third District, are appalling. These discriminatory practices directly violate the IRS’s mission to ‘enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.’ Under the guidance of Lois Lerner and other federal officials, the IRS was used as a political tool. This is an outrageous breach of American trust. The American people deserve a transparent government that they can trust to protect their basic freedoms, not one they have to fear.”


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Grand Opening Of Veterans Affairs Clinics In McMinn County And Roane County Improves Veterans’ Access To Health Care


WASHINGTON− Over the last week, two Veterans Affairs clinics opened in the third district of Tennessee. The clinics in McMinn County and Roane County will vastly expand veterans’ access to quality health care in East Tennessee. After the opening of these clinics, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.

“This past week, the third district witnessed the grand opening of two Veterans Affairs clinics in McMinn County and Roane County. As the proud son of a WWII veteran, ensuring proper veterans’ care has always been a top priority of mine. For years, I helplessly watched my father struggle to find assistance in the over burdened VA system. The opening of these two clinics demonstrates a commitment to improve veterans’ access to quality health care in East Tennessee. This is a significant victory for the brave men and women who protected our country and a giant step toward ensuring veterans receive the care they need and so rightly deserve.”    


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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.

Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.

Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.

During his first two years in Congress, Chuck voted to repeal Obamacare, cut $1.6 trillion from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and 2nd amendment voting record.

Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.

Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their 3 boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.

Serving With

Phil Roe


John Duncan


Scott DesJarlais


Diane Black


Marsha Blackburn


Stephen Fincher


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