Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


DesJarlais Statement on the Passing of Pat Summitt


Rep. DesJarlais Statement on the Passing of Pat Summitt

WASHINGTON, DC –Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D (TN-04) released the following statement on the passing of Pat Summitt:

“Coach Summitt was truly a legend and an inspiration for her work both on and off the court. Throughout her extraordinary career she brought an unmatched level of pride to both the sport of basketball, University of Tennessee and the entire Volunteer State. Coach Summitt’s life should serve as a model for anyone to strive toward. She was a fierce competitor, a selfless mentor and dedicated advocate of women’s athletics. Time and time again she led her players to victory both on the court and in the classroom. In fact, under her leadership every Lady Volunteer player who finished her eligibility at Tennessee has graduated. If a Mount Rushmore of college coaches existed, her image would certainly be etched upon it.”


Office of Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)


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DesJarlais Statement on Voting For Censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen


House Oversight Committee to Vote on Censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Washington, DC – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 14 to vote on H. Res. 737 a resolution to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen. The resolution offers Congressional condemnation and disapproval of Mr. Koskinen for his conduct regarding how his office handled investigations of the 2013 IRS targeting scandal of non-profit conservative groups. The resolution formally censures Mr. Koskinen and urges his resignation or removal.  The resolution also requires Mr. Koskinen to forfeit all rights to his government pension and any other federal benefits for which he is eligible.

“Commissioner Koskinen’s conduct falls well short of what is expected and required as an officer of the United States. As such, he must be held accountable for his actions in misleading the American people and misleading the United States Congress,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “Commissioner Koskinen has not only repeatedly provided false and misleading information to the committee, but allowed the destruction of as many as 24,000 potentially incriminating emails. Obstructing a congressional investigation is a very serious matter and must be met with equally serious repercussions. Congressional censure will certainly help to ensure Commissioner Koskinen is held responsible for his offenses. However, it is my firm belief that we should continue to push for the full impeachment of the IRS commissioner.”

Specifically, Commissioner Koskinen warrants Congressional disapproval for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to comply with a subpoena resulting in destruction of key evidence.
    • Failed to locate and preserve IRS records in accordance with a congressional subpoena and an internal preservation order where 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails – key pieces of evidence – were destroyed on Koskinen’s watch.
  2. Failure to testify truthfully under oath and provided false and misleading information.
    • Falsely testified the IRS turned over all emails relevant to the congressional investigation, including all of Ms. Lerner’s emails.
    • Falsely testified emails were unrecoverable once the agency realized some of Ms. Lerner’s emails were missing.
  3. Failure to notify Congress key evidence was missing.
    • Despite destroying Lois Lerner’s emails on March 4, 2014, the IRS did not notify Congress the emails were missing until June 2014.


In July of 2015, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to President Obama calling for the removal of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. On October 27, 2015 Congressman DesJarlais co-introduced H.J. Res. 494 to begin proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Commissioner Koskinen. The resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and currently has 69 co-sponsors.


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Memorial Day


Rep. DesJarlais Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC –Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D (TN-04) released the following statement commemorating Memorial Day:

“Memorial Day is truly a special occasion. Today is the day we honor the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice while in service of this country. The liberties we enjoy today have been forged directly by the efforts of our valiant soldiers. It is because of their sacrifice, we are truly blessed to call our home ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.'

“Not a day goes by where I am not reminded of the sacrifices made by our service men and women, as well as those of their families. As we are all too aware, freedom does not come without a cost. And that cost has been paid time and time again by those who have fallen in defense of this nation.

“The debt we owe to these individuals is immeasurable. However, it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to ensure that we look after those who have looked out for us. That is why I was proud to introduce the Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act, which would prevent the IRS from taxing any discharged higher education loans for families of deceased servicemen. Having already sacrificed so much for our country, it is simply wrong to require our military families to pay taxes on forgiven loans.”

“On this Memorial Day, I want to thank all those who have worn the uniform of the United States military. And I offer my prayers for the safety of those who are still serving our country in harm’s way. It is because of their bravery and sense of duty that America continues to be a beacon of hope in an often uncertain world.”

Congressman DesJarlais testified on May 12, 2016 before the House Ways and Means Committee on the Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act. You can view the video here:



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DesJarlais Response to President Obama’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison:

“President Obama’s policy regarding closing Guantanamo Bay is as irresponsible as it is dangerous. His plan to move some of the world's most dangerous terrorists to the United States will not only threaten our national security, but contravenes standing law. In an attempt to fulfill a misguided campaign promise, President Obama is yet again putting politics ahead of the safety and security of the American people. I am adamantly opposed to any proposal that would bring Gitmo detainees to the United States and will fight any such plan in Congress.”

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DesJarlais Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight’s address amounted to little more than the same empty rhetoric and broken promises that have come to define President Obama’s tenure in the White House. Rather than put forth a credible plan to restore our nation, the president chose to extol his legacy of pursuing a leftist agenda that has weakened our country both domestically and abroad. With the Obama administration coming to a conclusion, we must remain vigilant in preventing the White House from subsuming powers through the use of executive fiat that are expressly reserved for Congress. Whether it is gun control or immigration, any unilateral action violating our constitutional separation of powers must be met with stiff resistance in the House and Senate.”

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DesJarlais Statement on Voting Against the Every Student Succeeds Act


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

“Unfortunately, this legislation fails to sufficiently curtail excessive government overreach in our nation’s school system. Rather than returning control of education back to the state and local level, this bill continues with the misguided policy of allowing Washington bureaucrats to make decisions affecting children’s education that should be left to parents and teachers. Tennessee educators know best when it comes to creating curriculums that will ensure our children are receiving a quality education. Therefore, we should be empowering those individuals that understand the unique needs of students in their communities.”

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DesJarlais Slams Budget Deal


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement related to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314):

“The budget deal will only encourage further out of control spending by adding $80 billion in additional expenditures and another nearly $20 trillion in national debt. In true Washington fashion, this bill was negotiated behind closed doors and seems to have allowed more input from President Obama and Democratic leadership than House conservatives. For these reasons, I have joined my House Freedom Caucus colleagues in opposing this legislation. I believe that calling this proposal a ‘budget’ is inaccurate, as budgets are meant to restore fiscal responsibility. Rather, this legislation deserves to be labeled for what it is: a spending increase.”

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DesJarlais Praises Court Decision Granting Nationwide Stay on WOTUS


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement today in response to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling granting a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:

“The WOTUS rule was an obvious and egregious overreach on behalf of the federal government. Its implementation would greatly hinder farmers and small business owners by forcing them to comply with overly burdensome regulations put in place by out of touch Washington bureaucrats.  I applaud our courts for protecting the rights of property owners across the United States and reining in this out of control administration. I hope this court ruling will help to finally convince the EPA to act swiftly and withdraw this rule.”

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DesJarlais-Cohen Legislation Included in Recently Passed National Defense Authorization Act


In response to the shooting that took place in July at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) and Steve Cohen (TN-09) introduced their bipartisan Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act with the support of the entire Tennessee House Delegation. This legislation would require the Department of Defense to issue a directive permitting members of the Armed Forces to carry appropriate firearms at military installations and recruitment facilities.

This legislation was predominately incorporated in a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which recently passed in both the House and the Senate.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, praised DesJarlais for his work and the impact it had on the 2016 NDAA:

“I greatly appreciate the efforts of Rep. Scott DesJarlais and the language of his bill, H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, which served as the building block for the recently passed 2016 NDAA provision allowing for the personal carry of firearms by military personnel at DOD installations, reserve centers and recruiting centers.”

Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement:

“As I have said before, it is clear that members of our Armed Forces have become priority targets not just abroad, but on American soil as well. Therefore our men and women in uniform must have the ability to protect themselves regardless of where they are serving. I want to thank the House Armed Service Committee for working with my office to address this new era of terrorism and for ensuring members of the military have the tools necessary to defend themselves. I also want to thank Representative Cohen for working with me on this issue.”

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DesJarlais Votes Against Continuing Resolution


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 719, Continuing Resolution for FY2016:

“Tonight I voted against a short-term spending bill that once again fails to address our nation’s more than $18 trillion debt. In fact, this so called ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution contains an additional $20 billion in budgetary gimmicks and continues funding for President Obama's often unconstitutional and radical policies. As the Representative for Tennessee’s Fourth District, I swore to uphold the constitution and will continue to fight for a balanced budget that protects the economic stability of our country.”

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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

DesJarlais discusses bill to allow military to carry firearms on military installations

2015-07-20 13:28:11

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.

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