Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


With help from Pence, House GOP rekindles health-care talks


Vice President Mike Pence and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney came to Capitol Hill late Monday to attend a meeting of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, hours after hosting members of the moderate Tuesday Group at the White House for a health-care focused discussion. Several Freedom Caucus members said afterward that they were newly optimistic that a deal could be struck. Representative DesJarlais states, “It's progress, and it's promising. We're anxious to see the legislative text”.

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Trump's new Obamacare repeal push faces tough slog in Congress


President Donald Trump’s attempt to resurrect his failed Obamacare repeal plan is already facing long odds on Capitol Hill. A renewed bid by the White House to unite fractious Republicans around the bill — left for dead a week ago — briefly raised expectations that a deal was imminent. But by Tuesday afternoon, leaders of the polarized factions of the House GOP were no closer to agreement than they were when talks collapsed last month and dealt an embarrassing defeat to Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Other Freedom Caucus members, including Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a solid Trump backer, said they were intrigued by the new White House pitch and wanted to learn more. GOP leaders, however, would likely need most of the group to back the bill to counter moderates who fell off as they moved the bill further to the right. It’s far from certain that the changes will do so.

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Ribbon Cutting to Mark Completion of Imperial Garden Renovation in Smyrna


The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Imperial Garden Apartments located at One Imperial Blvd. on Wednesday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. The event marks the completion of a $11.5 million renovation of the 300-unit affordable family housing apartment complex, which was built in 1985. Federal, state and local officials, including U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, are scheduled to make remarks at the ceremony and will help cut the ribbon along with residents and representatives from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and LHP Capital, the developer and manager of the property. After the ceremony, there will be a reception with refreshments and tours of the renovated apartments.

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DesJarlais Votes To Condemn North Korea, Support Regional Allies


Congressman Scott DesJarlais voted Monday night to condemn North Korean aggression and to re-affirm the United States’ commitment to national security and that of its regional allies. According to the resolution, which the House of Representatives approved overwhelmingly, “North Korea’s ballistic missile program has demonstrated an increasing ability to reach the United States, which constitutes a credible and growing threat to the security of the American people.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Veterans Choice Program allows U.S. military veterans stuck on patient waiting lists, or who live far from VA facilities, to seek private care. Today, the House of Representatives passed a Senate bill (S. 544) to extend the program.

     After whistleblowers exposed negligence and mismanagement at the Veterans Administration, the program became law in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. However, despite ongoing problems at VA facilities, including lengthy wait times, it is set to expire this year. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to free funding in an available VA account.

    “The bureaucracy is slow to reform, protecting under-performing employees and wasting taxpayer money on administrative costs. Last month, I voted to streamline hiring and firing procedures, and it’s necessary to extend relief for veterans waiting too long for care,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus.

    Also a member of the House Oversight Committee, which investigates agency wrongdoing, the Congressman said, “The federal bureaucracy might be the biggest Washington special interest there is – and outdated civil service rules the number one obstacle to improving veterans health care and other essential services.”  

    “American heroes deserve better. We all expect greater efficiency and effectiveness from our federal government.”

    President Obama, whose VA Secretary resigned after the scandal emerged, attempted to defund the Choice program. Today’s bill, which President Trump is likely to sign, has received bipartisan support in Congress.     


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted last night to condemn North Korean aggression and to re-affirm the United States’ commitment to national security and that of its regional allies. 

    According to the resolution, which the House of Representatives approved overwhelmingly, “North Korea’s ballistic missile program has demonstrated an increasing ability to reach the United States, which constitutes a credible and growing threat to the security of the American people.”

    The resolution lists 24 recent missile tests and two nuclear tests. The document calls for the U.S. to enforce economic sanctions against North Korea and to cooperate militarily with international partners. It calls for China – North Korea’s closest diplomatic relation – to rein in its neighbor and for China to cease intimidation of South Korea.

    “While North Korea and China have been asserting themselves in East Asia, the U.S. Navy is at its smallest level in almost a century,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), a member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection forces. “We must condemn the threat and prepare a strong defense to keep the peace in Asia.”

    As part of a recent defense funding bill, Rep. DesJarlais voted to fund the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which South Korea is deploying to prevent a possible attack.

    Rep. DesJarlais also voted yesterday to designate North Korea a state sponsor of terror. Until 2008, the rogue regime had been on the State Department’s terror list. However, recent incidents include test-firing a missile while the Prime Minister of Japan met with President Donald Trump, an assassination plot in Malaysia, and an $81 million cyber-fraud in Bangladesh.

    According to the House legislation, North Korea also sponsors Hezbollah, an Iranian terror group.


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CLEVELAND, TN – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., has announced the kickoff to his 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide contest each spring. Since 1982, when the program first began, over 650,000 high school students across the country have participated.

     “Every year, I’m amazed at the level of talent Tennessee students display, as well as their range of subject material and tools. I enjoy looking at the world through their eyes,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). “I can’t wait to see this year’s entries and to meet the artists in person.”

    The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Tennessee’s Fourth District. The submission deadline is April 17 (more details below). A Middle Tennessee State University Art Department faculty member will judge the contest. Rep. DesJarlais will host a reception for the top ten entrants, and the winning artist’s work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  

     Southwest Airlines will fly the winning artist and a guest to Washington, D.C., for a national reception this summer. 


Artwork may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in depth, and must not weigh more than 15 pounds. The artwork may be a:

  • Painting - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawing - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collage - must be two dimensional
  • Print - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Work submitted must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction). Submissions must be dropped off at one of Rep. DesJarlais’ district offices by 4:00 pm, Monday April 17, 2017:

  A full listing of rules and regulations is available at DesJarlais.House.Gov. For more information, please contact Isiah Robinson at 931-962-3180 or


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Tennessee voters who didn't like health plan still support Trump


In Rep. Scott DesJarlais' district, some residents are cheering the demise of the revised national health care law bitterly opposed by the House Freedom Caucus, of which DesJarlais is a member. Registered nurse Lauren Collins said she still supports President Donald Trump but was disappointed to see him backing a health plan that made big cuts to Medicaid, the program that provides health insurance for the poor and the disabled. "I just really thought that he was going to make changes for the positive, and I was surprised to see him wanting to cut funds for that," said Collins, who lives in Shelbyville, a rural city about 60 miles southeast of Nashville that is known for its Tennessee walking horse industry. For Collins, a hospice nurse who cares for the dying, the proposed Medicaid cuts are personal. Many of her older patients, she says, rely on the program to pay for nursing home care. Also, she has a disabled adult brother on the program. "He is on a Medicaid waiver that will pay for his adult day care, and I'm scared expenses are going to be cut for the program," she said.

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Food Chemical News


Rep. Scott DesJarlais reintroduced a bill earlier this month that would prohibit the use of federal funds to support local programs that target FDA-regulated and lawfully marketed foods and beverages. The measure is aimed at some of the anti-obesity funds that were used in the past to fund soda tax and similar lobbying campaigns.

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Republicans who went against the GOP's healthcare bill are winning praise back home


Defying President Donald Trump on the seven-year Republican Party promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" sounds like political suicide, especially in the congressional districts Trump won handily. Yet in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Iowa in the bitter aftermath of the GOP's epic failure, Republicans who blocked the legislation have won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in the legislation's substance or in its strategy. Shea Cox, a 21-year-old computer science major from Shelbyville, Tennessee, said the bill failed because Ryan rushed what Cox called a "complete hack job" that "looked almost exactly like "Obamacare" with a couple of things taken out." That's why he was happy to see Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais oppose it.

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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

Rep. DesJarlais grills pharmaceutical company execs on drug price increases

2016-02-05 16:16:33

DesJarlais grills DHS/State Dept. officials on Refugee Resettlement Program

2015-12-17 16:17:30

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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