Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

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and civil rights, as well as for his work on many other important justice issues including reforming our nation’s outdated drug laws,” Cohen said.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

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Lois Lerner’s Interview with Politico after Taking the Fifth Amendment

2014/09/22

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement regarding Lois Lerner’s interview with Politico: “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. I hope Ms. Lerner will continue with her new found desire to clear her name by coming before our committee, setting the record straight and providing the truth American taxpayers so rightfully deserve.” The Oversight Committee first sought Lerner’s testimony in May of 2013 and produced a report on March 11, 2014. Read More

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. DesJarlais for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. DesJarlais is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” “I am honored to receive this recognition for my office’s work on behalf of small business owners all across Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “Small business owners are truly the backbone of our economy and it is critical we foster an environment that allows their enterprises to flourish so they can grow and create badly needed jobs in our communities.” Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. Rep. DesJarlais received a 100 percent rating.  Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: “Today marks 13 years since our nation was brutally and savagely attacked by the terrorist group al-Qaeda. “The terrorists who perpetrated these heinous acts thought they could intimidate America and make us succumb to fear. They were wrong. We proved that the heart and spirit of these United States remain strong. “September 11, 2001 will forever be remembered as a dark day in our history, but we also remember how we came together as a nation to show the rest of the world that freedom and democracy will always triumph over terror and oppression. “On this day let us remember the thousands of innocent Americans who died in this senseless tragedy and also pray for those brave men and women in harm’s way still fighting to protect our freedoms.” Read More

Scott DesJarlais optimistic about overturning health care law

2014/07/23

DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, was one of about two dozen conservative House members who started questioning the law in late 2011. They said its wording authorized the Internal Revenue Service to issue subsidies in the form of tax breaks — as well as tax penalties for employers not offering coverage — only in states that set up their own health care exchanges or markets. Read More

Day 8: IRS still can't find Lerner's hard drive

2014/07/23

Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., pointed out that $10 million to $30 million was not much compared to the $89 million the IRS paid in bonuses last year, including $1 million to employees who actually owed back taxes. Read More

Locals attend D.C. Youth Tour

2014/07/23

Rep. Scott DesJarlais also spent time with students from his district outside the capitol to answer questions on current political issues and for photos. Read More

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413 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6831
Fax 202-226-5172
desjarlais.house.gov

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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Diane Black

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TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

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