Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


Congress passes Packers and Stockyards modernization act


The House of Representatives and the Senate passed H.R. 5883, the Technical and Clarifying Amendments to the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act of 2016 and was signed into law by President Obama on October 7th. Rep. DesJarlais was one of the original co-sponsors of the Packers and Stockyards Modernization Act. 

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Rep. DesJarlais: National Book Month


Washington, D.C. – There is more to celebrate in October than just Halloween. This October is National Book Month. “As a father, I know that reading is essential to a child’s success and growth. That is why I am encouraging every teacher to further immerse their students in a new journey by falling into a good book”.

All too often, the barriers faced by children with difficulty reading outweigh their desire to read. Without proper guidance, these educational roadblocks may never be overcome. Developing a love for reading is one of the greatest gifts a teacher can give to a student. This critical skill is one we need to impart to establish the cornerstone for every child’s future. 

On the road to this vital endeavor, Rep. DesJarlais is working with the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program to send books to schools in the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee throughout the month of October.

If your school is interested in receiving books please contact Rep. DesJarlais’ Washington, D.C. Office at 202-225-6831.


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DesJarlais visits engineering program


Last week, Rep. DesJarlais visited Fayetteville High School’s STEM program. Students from each Project Way course presented their curriculum and what they have learned. DesJarlais also toured the school’s band room and was treated to a couple of solo performances by FHS students.

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AEA Announces 2016 American Energy Champions


Rep. DesJarlais has been awarded the 2016 American Energy Champion. This award goes to the members of Congress who have demonstrated a commitment to pro-growth policies that will lead to more affordable energy for American families.

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Obamacare 2018


The collapse of the Affordable Care Act gets only marginal airtime in 2016, but could define 2018 midterms. Rep. DesJarlais has long sensed the danger of the oncoming battle with Obamacare and stated that republicans would certainly consider working with Clinton to fix our current healthcare system. "Obviously, we wouldn't be closed-minded. The bottom line is: How do we take care of people and make it affordable for them?"

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Update to Packers and Stockyards Act Passes Congress


Rep. DesJarlais co-sponsored H.R. 5883 which focuses on online and video livestock auctions, and clarified that P&S requirements apply to these sales. This bill makes it clear that farmers and ranchers selling through online and video auctions are provided similar protections to those selling at fixed facility markets. The bill also modernized methods of payment available for use in cattle auctions.

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Congressmen agree budget process needs fixing


Rep. DesJarlais and Rep. Fleischmann agree that the budget process needs fixing. Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, “I feel that at some point, and it should have been six years ago, that Congress needs to stay there until we get a budget done. We can’t continue to go into debt. We can’t continue to operate without a budget."

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TVA draws Congressional criticism for seeking ban on floating homes on its waterways


Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to ban floating homes from reservoirs and other public waterways. Rep. DesJarlais urged TVA to find a compromise allowing the existing homes to remain as long as they meet certain standards designed to protect the waterways. 

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Sohn: Congress twists like a pretzel on terrorism


Rep. DesJarlais and Rep. Jim Cooper were credited for voting nay on the President’s veto override 9/11 bill. 

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Livestock Marketing Association praises Congress for Packers and Stockyards Act modernization


As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. DesJarlais co-sponsored H.R. 5883 Packers and Stockyards Act of 2016. Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) President Jerry Etheredge praised Congress for their swift action in passing H.R. 5883, the Technical and Clarifying Amendments to the Packers and Stockyards Act of 2016. 

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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

DesJarlais Opposed to Bringing Syrian Refugees to U.S.

2015-11-17 14:40:34

DesJarlais questions APHIS Admin. on Walking Horse Inspection Practices

2015-09-16 17:30:07

Rep. DesJarlais Discusses Black Vultures at AG Committee

2015-07-22 15:07:19

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann honors victims of Chattanooga attack

2015-07-22 13:11:19

Rep. DesJarlais joins Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss arming military personnel at military sites

2015-07-20 23:47:33

Rep. DesJarlais discusses the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act

2015-07-20 19:05:11

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


Stephen Fincher


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