Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Dismissal of Lawsuit Against the IRS for Targeting Conservatives

2014/10/29

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement regarding last week’s decision by D.C. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to dismiss all counts brought against the IRS by True the Vote for its targeting of conservative tax-exempt groups: “The fact that this court was willing to let the IRS off the hook after the agency flagrantly abused its power sends a troubling message. Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have looked to the court to protect our First Amendment rights. Sadly, this ruling does the complete opposite. Our country holds no tenet more sacred than the belief that the American people have the right to speak freely without fear of government retaliation. The victims of the IRS targeting scandal deserve justice for the federal government’s actions to silence their political speech. Failure to deliver that justice will undoubtedly diminish the very principles this country was founded on.  U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton’s opinion was delivered on October 23, 2014.  Read More

DesJarlais, Graves Call For Restrictions On Travel To U.S. From West Africa In Wake Of Ebola Threat; Fleischmann Says Keep As Option

2014/10/17

Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Rep. Tom Graves have called for restrictions on travel to and from West Africa in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. Rep. DesJarlais said, "There is understandably serious concern about a potential Ebola epidemic here in the United States. While the possibility of an outbreak of this deadly virus is minimal at this time, it is critical we take appropriate measures in order to protect public health. As we have already witnessed, lax restrictions on international travel from countries laden with the disease have resulted in the infection of two American citizens on U.S. soil.  “In order to prevent any further spread of the Ebola virus here in the United States, it is critical we restrict all travel to and from the countries currently experiencing large-scale Ebola outbreaks with the exception of medical aid workers. I call on the president to move swiftly and without hesitation in placing travel restrictions between the United States and the West African Nations plagued by this infectious disease.”  Rep. Graves said, “My prayers today are with the two Dallas nurses who put themselves at risk in order to help a patient with Ebola. They represent the best of America’s dedicated health care professionals. “Now, Americans are asking how Ebola could spread in our country, why a nurse with symptoms was given permission to board a commercial flight, and why the strictest, safest protocols were not followed. It is disturbing to consider that it only took one Liberian, without symptoms when he arrived in the United States, to start this dangerous chain of events. That fact raises questions about the effectiveness of entry screening and should cause the president to seriously consider banning travel to the United States by non-U.S. citizens from the affected Western African countries. I would support that action, in addition to other aggressive measures, if it means keeping Americans safe from Ebola.” Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “Ebola is a serious crisis and calls for a serious response, which is why the House appropriated more money for the CDC than requested.  I urge the President to keep all options on the table, including a travel ban.  My heart goes out to the Americans and all people who have been impacted by Ebola, and I will implore the administration to use every tool possible to combat this virus and keep Americans safe." Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Calls for Travel Restrictions to and from West Africa to Help Prevent Spread of Ebola Virus

2014/10/16

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement calling for travel restrictions to and from West Africa in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States: “There is understandably serious concern about a potential Ebola epidemic here in the United States. While the possibility of an outbreak of this deadly virus is minimal at this time, it is critical we take appropriate measures in order to protect public health. As we have already witnessed, lax restrictions on international travel from countries laden with the disease have resulted in the infection of two American citizens on U.S. soil. “In order to prevent any further spread of the Ebola virus here in the United States, it is critical we restrict all travel to and from the countries currently experiencing large-scale Ebola outbreaks with the exception of medical aid workers. I call on the president to move swiftly and without hesitation in placing travel restrictions between the United States and the West African Nations plagued by this infectious disease.” Read More

DesJarlais criticizes attempt to redefine Clean Water Act

2014/10/15

The Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its bounds with the agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would expand regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, said Tuesday. "EPA is trying to expand its reach through the rules-making process and do an end-around around Congress," DesJarlais said during the 2014 Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum at Embassy Suites, which was his first public appearance since the primary win. DesJarlais explained the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act of 1972 by issuing a rule clarification. "But that rule clarification is 11,000 words long," a visibly thinner DesJarlais said. The representative was diagnosed with neck cancer in July and has been undergoing treatment. House Republican leaders, like the 4th District's DesJarlais who serves on the House Committee for Agriculture, have said the rule would extend the EPA's power to include streams, ponds, ditches and even stormwater runoff, with economic consequences for everyone from farmers to homeowners to small businesses. The same point was emphasized at Tuesday's forum in Murfreesboro. Chuck Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, told the audience that 7,000 streams would become tributaries of the Mississippi River under the rule change. Conner was one of several speakers who focused on transitions in agriculture in Tennessee at the forum presented by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. The morning session was about the global impact on the local food supply and how affects local farmers. The mid-morning panel discussion was about how changes in the field impact farmers. The afternoon focused on legislation and regulations facing farmers, like the proposed EPA rule change. "Farm Credit started this a few years ago because we felt as a company that it was important to get others involved in agriculture and its impact on Tennessee, Tennessee's economy and our customers and consumers," said David Lynn, senior vice president, Financial Services, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. He added the forum is an opportunity to connect farmers with commodity groups, customers and leaders in the state. One of those leaders was State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, who was a vocal opponent of the EPA's rule change during Tuesday's forum. She explained the public comment period is open until Friday, Nov. 14. "My hope is that enough farmers and landowners comment on the broad reach of the rule that the EPA will not implement it," Butt said, calling the rule change an attempt at more regulations from the Obama administration. The EPA has a different view of the proposed change. Agency administrator Gina McCarthy said in September she's not backing down despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab. The U.S. House approved a bill that would block the agency from moving forward with the rule, which aims to clarify the streams and waterways that could be protected from development under the Clean Water Act. McCarthy denied the rule would expand the jurisdiction of the act, but she said it's time — given drought pressures in the West and the effects of climate change — to clarify some of the act's provisions to make them more understandable and to establish regulatory certainty when it comes to drinking water supplies. "We've seen some things happen with water that made us realize we need to do better and work together," she said. "But one of the most important things is, as you take a statute that's over 40 years old and say what it means, that you look at the science and the law and you stay within your boundaries." DesJarlais said the EPA needs to stay within its own boundaries and not bypass Congress to get what should be legislation passed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

2014/10/10

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States. “Manufacturers in Tennessee and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. DesJarlais who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.” “It is truly and honor to receive this recognition for my office’s work on behalf of the manufacturing industry in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “I applaud the many hard-working business leaders who have helped to make Middle Tennessee an attractive destination for some of the world’s most important and prosperous manufacturers. Tennessee is blessed with an extremely innovative workforce and I look forward to continuing my efforts in fostering an environment that empowers our workers to compete in the global economy. ” Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.  Read More

DesJarlais Statement on Federal Court Ruling Striking Down ObamaCare Subsidies

2014/09/30

A federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled today that ObamaCare tax subsidies cannot go to residents of states with a federally-run insurance exchange rather than a state-run exchange. Judge Ronald White wrote, "The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law." “This issue goes to the very heart of our constitutional separation of powers,” said Representative DesJarlais. “Congress has the sole authority to enact legislation. Regardless of the differing views on ObamaCare, we should all be able to agree that the IRS’s blatant power grab sets a troubling precedent and must not be allowed to stand. I would hope that my Democratic colleagues would be appalled at the idea of an omnipotent executive branch with the power to both create and enforce laws. Today’s ruling affirms the Democratic process and very foundation of our republic.” In July, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that the ObamaCare subsidies and tax penalties only apply to state-run exchanges. In 2012 Representative DesJarlais introduced legislation  that would prevent the enactment of the IRS rule allowing subsidies and penalties to apply to both state-run and federally-run exchange. Read More

Some in Tennessee glad to see Eric Holder go

2014/09/26

Attorney General Eric Holder’s planned exit from office has two delighted Southeast Tennessee Republican congressmen almost giddy, but a Democratic lawmaker from Memphis is hailing Holder, the first black to become the federal government’s top lawyer, for his work on civil rights and criminal justice reform. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., who has supported legislation calling for Holder’s impeachment, said Thursday Holder’s “departure from the Justice Department cannot come soon enough.” “Throughout his tenure as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he has consistently shown a wanton disregard for the very laws he is charged to uphold,” DesJarlais, of South Pittsburg, said in a statement. Ditto for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who charged that “during his nearly six year tenure, Eric Holder vastly overstepped his bounds as Attorney General. From ‘Fast and Furious’ to his handling of the IRS targeting scandal, Holder abused the power of his office.” “It is my sincere hope that Holder’s successor will have a greater commitment to the rule of law,” the Chattanooga congressman said. Holder announced he would resign when a replacement nominated by President Barack Obama is confirmed by the Senate. A close ally of Obama, Holder has been a prominent liberal voice in the administration. But his nearly six-year tenure has proved a lightening rod and provoked a series of fights on several issues with congressional Republicans. In contrast, U.S. Rep. Steven Cohen, D-Tenn., said Holder has “served our nation well.” “I enjoyed working closely with him on several issues of justice, and I commend him for his herculean efforts to strengthen and protect voting rights and civil rights, as well as for his work on many other important justice issues including reforming our nation’s outdated drug laws,” Cohen said. DesJarlais said in his view, Holder has “the unfortunate honor of being the first attorney general to ever be held in contempt of Congress. He has refused to comply with a congressional subpoena requiring him to turn over documents relating to the gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious and perjured himself while testifying before Congress.” Cohen, who noted he has spoken with Holder about what the congressman considers as discriminatory federal sentencing laws, thinks the attorney general should do more on that front before leaving office. “In his remaining time at the Justice Department, I hope the Attorney General encourages President Obama to expand the use of commutations which are just based on the Fair Sentencing Act,” said Cohen, who charged the act “brought racially-biased federal sentences for certain drug offenses.” Read More

DesJarlais ridicules outgoing Attorney General Holder

2014/09/26

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, issued the following statement on the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will resign from the Department of Justice: “Attorney General Holder’s departure from the Justice Department cannot come soon enough,” DesJarlais said through a press release. “Throughout his tenure as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he has consistently shown a wanton disregard for the very laws he is charged to uphold. “Mr. Holder holds the unfortunate honor of being the first attorney general to ever be held in contempt of Congress. He has refused to comply with a congressional subpoena requiring him to turn over documents relating to the gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious and perjured himself while testifying before Congress. “The attorney general should lead by example. Unfortunately, his actions have done nothing more than provide a blueprint for those who seek to thwart justice and stonewall investigators. What sort of message does it send when the Justice Department is being led by an individual who only escaped having criminal charges filed against him because of his position? “Moving forward, I hope President Obama will nominate someone who will actually possess a respect for the rule of law he or she will ultimately be in charge of enforcing. And I hope that my colleagues in the United States Senate will be diligent in the confirmation process so we can ensure the American people have an attorney general who is worthy of the position.” DesJarlais previously co-introduced articles of impeachment for Attorney General Holder and voted to hold the attorney generalin contempt of Congress. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Attorney General Holder Resignation

2014/09/25

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement on the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will resign from the Department of Justice: “Attorney General Holder’s departure from the Justice Department cannot come soon enough. Throughout his tenure as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he has consistently shown a wanton disregard for the very laws he is charged to uphold. “Mr. Holder holds the unfortunate honor of being the first attorney general to ever be held in contempt of Congress. He has refused to comply with a congressional subpoena requiring him to turn over documents relating to the gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious and perjured himself while testifying before Congress. “The attorney general should lead by example. Unfortunately, his actions have done nothing more than provide a blueprint for those who seek to thwart justice and stonewall investigators. What sort of message does it send when the Justice Department is being led by an individual who only escaped having criminal charges filed against him because of his position? “Moving forward, I hope President Obama will nominate an individual who will actually possess a respect for the rule of law he or she will ultimately be in charge of enforcing. And I hope that my colleagues in the United States Senate will be diligent in the confirmation process so we can ensure the American people have an attorney general who is worthy of the position.” Congressman DesJarlais previously co-introduced articles of impeachment for Attorney General Holder and voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress.   Read More

Congress livid over Lois 'I did nothing wrong' Lerner

2014/09/23

Members of Congress are seething over Lois Lerner’s decision to speak with the press, but not with them, after the key figure in the IRS scandal gave an interview to Politico and proclaimed her innocence. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., who  serves on the committee investigating the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, told WND, “It is truly baffling that Ms. Lerner refuses to testify before Congress, yet is eager to profess her innocence during an in-depth interview. If she truly has nothing to hide, then there is no reason for her objection to speaking before the House Oversight Committee.”     Read More

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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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Phil Roe

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John Duncan

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Chuck Fleischmann

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TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

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