Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


Tennessee Delegation Requests Medicare Enrollment Extension for Victims of East Tennessee Wildfires


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Tennessee delegation sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt to request CMS extend the open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries in Sevier County, Tennessee due to the recent wildfires.

A copy of the signed letter can be found here.


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Thousands of acres newly protected on the South Cumberland Plateau


Rep. DesJarlais was recognized along with Senator Corker and Senator Alexander for their continued support of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This private-public partnership demonstrates how we can work together to find solutions that protect the environment and natural resources, while supporting local economies and jobs.

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21st Century Cures Act takes important steps forward


Representative DesJarlais made the following statement on not voting for the Cures Act, “I disagreed with the way the original version was funded from mandatory instead of discretionary dollars. The bill transformed from a good bill to into another runaway government program.”

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Protected black vultures preying on livestock industry


The 2014 farm bill's livestock indemnity program allows farmers who lose livestock to birds that are federally protected to file a claim at their local Farm Service Agency offices. Congressman DesJarlais noted that the black vulture was "plaguing the Southeast." These migratory birds are known to attack and eat live animals. Reports in several areas across the country have reported having problems with black vultures attacking small animals and in some cases, the birds have been known to attack newborn calves. 

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Rep. Phil Roe wrote blueprint for Obamacare repeal


Rep. DesJarlais agrees with Rep. Roe that a patient centered and market driven healthcare plan is the direction repealing Obamacare should go. DesJarlais said he expects Congress to move quickly on health care reform. “I do not think for a minute repealing and replacing the health care law is going to be simple or easy.  But we know what the president promised did not come true in terms of keeping your doctor, your premiums going down, your deductible going down, and your access going up.”

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Moving forward Speaker Ryan still needs to get 218 votes on the floor in January to secure the speakership, meaning he can only afford to lose a few dozen Republicans. Rep. DesJarlais noted that, “A month and a half is an eternity in politics.”

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House GOP unanimously nominates Paul Ryan for Speaker


House Republicans on Tuesday afternoon unanimously nominated Paul Ryan for a second term as speaker. The GOP Conference gave Speaker Ryan a voice-vote approval, forgoing a secret ballot tally that would have shown how many Republicans oppose Ryan leading the chamber. Rep. DesJarlais stated after leaving conference that Trump's backing of Ryan's speakership clearly helped stave off division among Republican lawmakers. He credited Trump for opting against holding a grudge.


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The Chattanoogan


Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, "The Sherwood Forest in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional district provides multiple resources that sustain the local economy and help protect the sensitive wildlife in the area. As an outdoorsman, I am pleased to learn that Sherwood Forest will also soon provide new opportunities for public recreation. Its protection will enable outdoor enthusiasts to come and discover the natural wonders that our great state has to offer. Thank you to all the contributors of the Sherwood Forest project and for their continued efforts to preserve the land for future generations.”

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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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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

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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