Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais




WASHINGTON, D.C. – New policies to train and equip the United States military emerged in the first subcommittee hearings of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) this week.

    Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the Subcommittee on Readiness, as well as Seapower and Projection Forces, is working to increase troop readiness, bolster military research and development, and promote the latest defense technology. 

    The two subcommittees convened today to “mark up” their portions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets annual defense priorities. The process entails debate and amendments, before the full committee considers the entire NDAA. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), who recently returned from Eastern Europe to discuss national security with NATO allies, represents a district at the heart of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor spanning Middle Tennessee from Kentucky to Alabama.

    It includes Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Redstone Arsenal, among other military and scientific facilities. “Our military is stretched thin and underfunded,” said the Congressman, explaining budget uncertainty in the midst of increasing foreign engagements endangers soldiers’ lives and also U.S. national security.

    “Only three of 58 Army brigades are ready to fight. The Airforce is older and smaller than it’s ever been. The Navy is well short of the number of ships we need to protect American economic and security interests worldwide,” he said. “We’re asking fewer troops to do more with less, while adversaries such as Russia and China are rapidly developing their capabilities.”

    The Readiness Subcommittee’s “mark,” which bipartisan members unanimously approved, contains several measures from Rep. DesJarlais, including more training for Remotely Piloted Aircraft operators and funding for Air National Guard projects in his home state.

    The Congressman is a strong supporter of President Trump’s goal of 355 ships for the Navy, an increase of 80 to counter Chinese expansion. Modernizing procurement to save time and money is another top priority for the Congressman.

    “Like every federal agency, the Department of Defense has overlapping layers of bureaucracy and outdated systems that create waste and inefficiency. The department is so large, some common-sense changes could save billions of taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

    The Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces recommends multi-year, bulk procurements of warships to cut costs. Last month, HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry introduced legislation allowing the department to purchase non-military items, such as office supplies, on the open market rather than through complex federal bureaucracies. The proposal follows others, which became law in 2016 and 2017, to mandate major paperwork reductions and specialized acquisitions officers.

     “The savings will accrue to our fighting men and women,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

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(WDEF) talked to the Chief of Staff for Congressman Scott DesJarlais from South Pittsburg. The Congressman was not part of the team where the shooting took place; he plays on the football team instead. Vaughn says five years ago, there would have been much more security at a practices like these. But that security has been scaled back. Vaughn says the only security were the two body guards there with Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot. He believes if they had not been there, many more of our elected officials could have been shot. Officials say the two security members immediately engaged the shooter and both were injured.

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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.

Serving With

Phil Roe


John Duncan


Chuck Fleischmann


Diane Black


Marsha Blackburn


David Kustoff


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