Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


Rep. Scott DesJarlais honors Tennessee law enforcement heroes during National Police Week


Last Week, law enforcement officers from Tennessee and across the country descended on Washington, D.C., to discuss crime and safety issues with their elected representatives, as well as to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. On the House Floor, Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., spoke to “honor the valiant men and women in blue.” In Congress, Rep. DesJarlais supported several bills to ensure Tennessee’s finest have proper tools to do their jobs. One bill, DesJarlais supported will add murder or attempted murder of a local law enforcement officer to a list of aggravating factors in federal death penalty cases.

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Ag secretary answers DesJarlais queries


Representative DesJarlais had questions about the Tennessee Walking-Horse industry and the poultry industry -- both relevant to Bedford County -- when Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue testified Wednesday before a House Agriculture Committee hearing entitled "State of the Rural Economy." DesJarlais, who represents Tennessee's rural 4th District, is a returning member of the committee. His questioning focused on the walking horse industry, worth approximately $3.2 billion, as well as on an avian flu outbreak that recently struck Middle Tennessee chicken farms, and trade deals to expand international markets for U.S. beef.

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Chaffetz to announce he's leaving Congress early: report


House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to announce Thursday that he will leave Congress by the end of June, according to a Politico report. Chaffetz’s departure will set off a race among Republicans to replace him atop the influential panel. Representative DesJarlais a member of the Oversight Committee in the Freedom Caucus, also made his preference clear. "My top choice would be Jim Jordan," he said.

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WASHINGTON, DC – This week, law enforcement officers from Tennessee and across the country descended on Washington, D.C., to discuss crime and safety issues with their elected representatives, as well as to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. On the House Floor last night, Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., spoke to “honor the valiant men and women in blue.”

    “Among the 145 fallen heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016, six hail from the Volunteer State,” says the Congressman in his speech. He recognizes them individually in the below video:

Click to watch Rep. DesJarlais honor Tennessee police

    Following in the tradition of President John F. Kennedy, who in 1963 declared May 15 National Peace Officers Day, President Donald Trump declared the same on Monday. Police Week typically occurs in the surrounding days.

     Ceremonies and celebrations take place in communities nationwide. In Congress, Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) supports several bills to ensure Tennessee’s finest have proper tools to do their jobs. Today, he will vote to add murder or attempted murder of a local law enforcement officer to a list of aggravating factors in federal death penalty cases.

    Tomorrow, he will vote to enhance protections for probation officers. Bills to hire more veterans as law enforcement officers and to increase officers’ cybersecurity training earlier passed the House of Representatives.

     “These measures have received bipartisan support, and I will continue to lead my colleagues to make sure the men and women in blue have all they need to keep themselves and civilians safe,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

    “We officially celebrate police officers this week, but our appreciation extends year round. They bring justice to victims of crime, and peace to our neighborhoods.”


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., got his first chance to question new Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee today. Entitled “State of the Rural Economy,” the hearing addressed subjects from trade deals to crop insurance and food safety that affect Tennessee producers and consumers.

    Rep. DesJarlais, who represents Tennessee’s rural Fourth District, is a returning member of the Committee. He focused on his state’s historic Walking Horse industry, worth approximately $3.2 billion, as well as an avian flu outbreak that recently struck Middle Tennessee chicken farms, and trade deals to expand international markets for U.S. beef.

    “The Tennessee Walking Horse industry directly or indirectly employs over 20,000 people in largely rural areas and farming communities where economic hardship is commonplace,” said the Congressman, criticizing the previous administration’s lack of cooperation with his constituents. “Can folks in Tennessee count on you to be supportive... and facilitate scientific, objective inspection methods to eliminate soring, so people can continue to enjoy this time-honored tradition?”

Click to watch Rep. DesJarlais question Secretary Sonny Perdue at today’s hearing

     Echoing legislation Rep. DesJarlais has introduced in Congress, the Secretary promised to balance industry support with preventing inhumane treatment of animals. Secretary Perdue touted shipments of U.S. beef to Brazil and future shipments to China, as part of a Trump Administration trade deal, which opened that country’s market.

     Tennessee is a top beef-producing state.

    Rep. DesJarlais pressed the Secretary to negotiate better access to Japan for Tennessee cattlemen, and to help chicken farmers in his district to enhance bio-security. In March, local authorities reported outbreaks of avian flu at Tennessee poultry producers, two located in Lincoln County in the Fourth District. 

     Poultry within a six-mile radius was quarantined or destroyed, containing the outbreak. “I’m very pleased with the reaction of your Tennessee state authorities in conjunction with [federal authorities]... There was very timely action toward depopulation and eliminating the potential spread of that disease,” said Secretary Perdue.

    “The system is working,” he said. “But we can always do better.”

    Today’s hearing also addressed education and infrastructure, such as broadband deployment, which would increase opportunities in rural America, where farmers and ranchers are coping with an economic downturn and the poverty rate is higher than the national average.


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DesJarlais talks on health care, Trump, media, Comey’s firing


Representative DesJarlais, who represents the 4th Congressional District, said Friday the recent health care bill passed by the House of Representatives protects the pre-existing condition protections that are part of current law. “Pre-existing conditions are covered by law and there is so much misinformation about this, it is unfortunate,” he said. “People don’t understand that this actually protects people with pre-existing conditions more so than the current law.” “Our big concern was delivering on Trump’s promise and our promise to the American people to bring down the cost of premiums,” he said. “The first Republican bill did not do that. In fact, premiums were going to go up 15 to 20 percent for several years. That wasn’t acceptable.”

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Interchange dedicated


The Honorable Mayor Tom Rowland Interchange is now officially dedicated and anticipating the numerous vehicles which are anticipated to be using it as their major access to Spring Branch Industrial Park. In a ceremony filled with laughs and sentimentality, more than 50 local, state and national officials lined the new bridge to honor the nation’s longest serving mayor. Representative DesJarlais stated, “I am really here today to pay my respects to the mayor, who has had such an incredible tenure of service and we hope there is a lot more to come. I know everyone here has the same kind of respect for you that I do and this is a very appropriate tribute.”

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CLEVELAND, TN – Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ week-long tour of jobs and infrastructure projects in Tennessee’s Fourth District culminated today at the dedication of the Mayor Tom Rowland Interchange.

    Named for Cleveland, Tennessee’s longest-serving mayor, the new interchange, completed in the last few days, delivers access to a sprawling industrial park, which Bradley County planners expect to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. The area is already home to Volkswagen and Wacker Chemical.

    "The most important resource we have is our people," said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). "It's my job to remove obstacles to their ingenuity and advance Tennesseans' success every chance I get. This project took vision and the hard work of the region’s best engineers and contractors." 

    Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) joined him to dedicate the interchange, the latest improvement along Interstate 75 between Chattanooga and Cleveland, where high-tech manufacturers are moving to take advantage of the skilled workforce and low-tax, low-regulation business environment, also apparent farther west. 

Local leaders dedicate new Cleveland interchange

    In Spring Hill, Rep. DesJarlais visited GM’s assembly plant on Wednesday. The auto manufacturer recently announced a $27 million investment at the location, a portion of the $2.2 billion the company has invested there since 2010, contributing to more than 5,000 jobs in Maury County. 

    As a new member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. DesJarlais also toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week. The nuclear facility is part of an Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor spanning Middle Tennessee from Kentucky to Alabama. It includes Arnold Air Force Base, Fort Campbell and Redstone Arsenal.

    "I was thrilled to witness the amazing, important work Tennesseans do every day at Oak Ridge, developing and protecting some of our most valuable defense assets," said the Congressman, a member of the Subcommittees on Readiness, as well as Sea Power and Projection Forces. 

    In the current Congress, he has voted to improve troops’ pay, training and equipment, and is working to upgrade security at facilities such as Oak Ridge. He has voted to eliminate billions of dollars of Obama Administration regulations to spur jobs and economic growth. 



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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Scott DesJarlais praised the work of his colleagues on the House Freedom Caucus to improve the American Health Care Act, which will lower Tennesseans’ health insurance costs, thanks to state waivers the group secured during tough negotiations.  He voted for the bill today.

    “We’re helping President Trump to fulfill his promise to the American people, suffering under Obamacare,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), also a member of the GOP Doctor Caucus. “In Tennessee, my constituents have it especially bad. Health care costs are skyrocketing, and many have no choice of coverage at all,” he said.

    “Allowing Obamacare to stand is not an option, and I’m glad we were able to strike the worst of its regulations from the first version of this legislation. Now it’s time for the Senate to do its work and help us deliver the President a bill to sign. Millions of people across the country have been waiting for relief since Obamacare took effect.”

    The Congressman, whose focus since he entered public office in 2010 has been repealing Obamacare and free-market reforms, pointed to more legislation he supports to drive down health care costs, such as allowing insurance sales across state lines, tort reform, and expanded generic drugs, which he will continue to support in Congress.

    The American Health Care Act contains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, tax-free health saving accounts, and strengthens Medicaid to preserve the program for those who need it. 


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DesJarlais Votes Against Omnibus Funding Bill, Graves Praises It


The omnibus spending legislation to keep the government funded through September passed the House of Representatives Wednesday with more nays from Republicans than from Democrats.  Representative DesJarlais made the following statement, “With control of the House, Senate and White House, Republicans have an historic opportunity to enact conservative reforms, but surrendered to Democrats’ shutdown threats, setting a bad precedent that reinforces the status quo.

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Honoring Tennessee Law Enforcement Heroes

2017-05-18 16:29:38

Rep. DesJarlais Supports Rural Tennesseans

2017-05-17 19:21:42

Rep. DesJarlais pays tribute to General Gus Hargett

2017-03-29 17:16:34

Rep. Scott DesJarlais questions President & CEO of U.S. Meat Export Federation

2017-03-01 15:53:16

Rep. Scott DesJarlais Reacts to President Donald Trump's First Address to Congress

2017-03-01 12:49:56

"The Trump Caucus" Visits White House

2017-02-16 19:27:13

Rep. DesJarlais meets with President Trump at the White House

2017-02-16 18:21:08

Colonel Byron Deel Retires from Tennessee National Guard

2017-02-07 21:29:54

OGR: Rep. DesJarlais Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens

2016-09-21 21:07:39

Obamacare Checkup: From Premium Increases to Failing Co-Ops

2016-07-13 19:57:46

OGR: Religious Liberty and The First Amendment Defense Act

2016-07-12 16:55:37

OGR: Hearing with FBI Director James Comey

2016-07-07 17:57:54

Iran Nuclear Deal: Implementation and its Consequences

2016-05-26 14:57:55

Congressman DesJarlais testifies before Ways and Means on Andrew P Carpenter Tax Act

2016-05-23 21:29:43

Fighting Back Against EPA's Federal Overreach on Waters of the US.

2016-05-18 16:52:38

Reforming the Food Stamp Program

2016-05-12 19:34:19

DesJarlais speaks on Cornbread Festival

2016-04-14 17:29:55

DesJarlais questions CMS administrator on failed CO-OPs and Obamacare

2016-02-25 20:15:17

DesJarlais questions USDA Secretary Vilsack on rural economy and WOTUS

2016-02-24 16:48:04

Rep. DesJarlais grills EPA Admin on WOTUS rule

2016-02-11 17:42:22

Contact Information

413 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6831
Fax 202-226-5172

Congressman Scott DesJarlais represents the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee, which includes Marshall, Bedford, Rutherford, Moore, Lincoln, Franklin, Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie, Warren, Van Buren, Bledsoe, and Rhea counties. Also included are portions of Maury and Bradley counties.

As a resident of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Scott ran for office because he wanted to bring common sense and hometown, conservative values to Congress. Throughout his first term in Congress, Scott built a proven track record of fighting for policies that that will return fiscal discipline and accountability to Washington, reduce the size of government and create and environment that will help to strengthen our nation’s economy and create jobs.

Scott earned degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Scott moved to Tennessee almost two decades ago to practice medicine at the Grand View Medical Center in Jasper, TN.

As a doctor, Scott understands the importance of an efficient, well run health care system and believes that health care decisions need to be left to patients and their physicians – not bureaucrats in Washington. Rep. DesJarlais has been an outspoken advocate for the repeal of President Obama’s health care legislation.

Congressman DesJarlais serves on three committees that allow him to directly address and influence many issues  important to the Fourth District, as well as shape how the overall federal government functions.

Scott and his wife Amy, have three children: Tyler, Ryan and their little sister Maggie. The DesJarlais family are active members of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sherwood, Tennessee where Amy grew up.

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