Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


DesJarlais Response to ATF Shelving Bullet Ban Proposal


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ decision to suspend the proposed ban on M855 “green tip” ammunition: “Earlier this month I joined like-minded conservatives in sending a letter to the ATF urging them to abandon the proposed ban on ‘green tip’ ammunition. I am pleased they took our concerns as well as those of countless Tennesseans into consideration and tabled their proposal. This ban would have clearly violated American’s Second Amendment rights. I will always fight against any effort that infringes upon our constitutional right to bear arms.” Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Address to Congress


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress: “Israel remains one of our closest allies and a critical partner in the struggle against the myriad threats posed by radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Therefore, America’s commitment to Israel must remain as steadfast as the democratic principles our nations share. We must never allow partisan politics to jeopardize this longstanding friendship and strategic alliance. “It is my hope the Obama administration will heed the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu and reaffirm our commitment to Israel and our mutual goal of a stable and secure Middle East. This starts with making it clear the United States will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. A policy of appeasement would only further destabilize the Middle East and embolden Iran’s ambitions for regional supremacy. We must remember that a nuclear Iran not only threatens Israel, but all of our partners in the region – especially Sunni Arab states. “Our friends around the world need to know that the United States will always stand with our allies and against tyranny and oppression. Unfortunately, policies pursued by the Obama administration have weakened our position as a global leader. It is time for President Obama to listen to the legitimate concerns raised by the prime minister and pursue a nuclear agreement that is truly in the best interest of stability and democracy.” Read More

DesJarlais Response to President Obama’s Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support: “President Obama’s veto of this bipartisan legislation makes it clear the White House is more concerned about partisan politics than American jobs. Not only would building the pipeline create more than 42,000 good-paying jobs, it would provide energy security by reducing our reliance on oil from unstable Middle Eastern countries. After conducting five safety and environmental reviews, the president’s own State Department determined the pipeline's construction is environmentally safe. I hope Congress will find another way to move this vital jobs project forward.” In September of 2008—more than six years ago—Canadian pipeline company TransCanada filed an application with the United States Department of State to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretary of State in January of 2014 determined that no significant environmental impact would be caused by the pipeline. Read More

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: “President Obama’s remarks fail to take into account current political and economic realities. The American people widely repudiated this president’s approach last November and sent a clear message they expect him to work with Congress in reining in federal spending and holding Washington accountable. Unfortunately, the president seemed to indicate he plans on pursuing his far left agenda despite what the American people desire and despite what the Constitution allows. I think many Tennesseans were left with the impression President Obama cares more about the legacy of his presidency than the legacy of our country. For example, under the White House’s leadership we have seen our national debt rise to more than $18 trillion. Yet rather than acknowledge this fiscal reality, the president chose to disingenuously suggest we have the financial capacity to create new government programs costing tens of billions of dollars. Empty promises and grandiose rhetoric may appeal to his core group of supporters, but it is certainly not an honest assessment of the state of the union.” Read More

DesJarlais Votes to Defund President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed HR 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which will fund DHS for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015, while blocking President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty: “I was proud to join like-minded conservatives in the House in passing legislation to effectively stop President Obama’s dangerous and unlawful executive amnesty. For too long, the president has ignored the Constitution and violated our separation of powers. And he knows it. In fact, the president said on 22 separate occasions that the Constitution does not give him the authority to take unilateral action on immigration. Yet that is precisely what he did. Today, the House reasserts its power of the purse by cutting off funds for President Obama’s unconstitutional actions.” Read More

Scott DesJarlais Votes for Jim Jordan of Ohio for Speaker of the House of Representatives


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting for Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives: “My office has received thousands of calls from Tennesseans who believe Republicans need new leadership in the House of Representatives. When I ran for office I pledged I would always listen to my constituents and vote the interests of my district. Today’s vote maintains that promise. Speaker Boehner has certainly accomplished a lot during his tenure and I am thankful for his leadership these past few years. However, I join my constituents in their belief that we need a new direction and a fresh approach. I have worked extensively with my friend, Congressman Jordan, during my time at the House Oversight Committee and have always been impressed by his steadfast commitment to conservative principles and to holding the White House accountable for their actions.” Read More

DesJarlais Votes Against Omnibus Appropriations Agreement


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against HR 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2015, commonly referred to as the cromnibus: “This 1,603-page bill was released just the other day. There is absolutely no conceivable way any member of Congress had time to properly review this $1.1 trillion piece of legislation. Have we not learned the lesson that having to pass a bill to find out what is in it results in bad policy? “One thing we do know is that this legislation provides funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration. As the representative for Tennessee’s Fourth District, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. This is something I will not compromise on. Congress has the power of the purse and it is incumbent upon us to use this power to prevent the White House from violating the separation of powers. “If the president wants immigration reform, then he should present his ideas to Congress and work within the proper constitutional framework. But he does not have the authority to disregard existing law – laws that he is constitutionally bound to execute. If Republicans won’t step up and hold this president accountable, who will?” Read More

DesJarlais Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Speech in Nashville


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s immigration speech in Nashville: “While I am sure this scripted event in Nashville will attempt to present the president in the best possible light, I would encourage him to travel a few miles to the south to Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District and speak with real folks from all walks of life who continue to voice their concerns over his unilateral action on immigration. Although President Obama might wish otherwise, our Constitution does not give him the authority to circumvent Congress simply because existing laws conflict with his particular ideology.  Fortunately, Congress maintains the power of the purse and it is incumbent upon us to use this power to put a stop to this flagrant usurpation of power.” Read More

DesJarlais Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement on immigration: “President Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on immigration shows a blatant disregard for the constitutional checks and balances upon which our government was founded and sets a troubling precedent for the use of executive power.  Congress has the sole authority to create and amend laws, with the president’s duty being to faithfully execute those laws. Although he might wish otherwise, the Constitution does not give President Obama the authority to circumvent Congress simply because existing immigration laws conflict with his particular ideology. My colleagues and I will be reviewing all available options afforded to Congress to prevent this usurpation of power and preserve our rule of law.” Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Statement on Voting to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline: “Although 59 percent of Americans support building the Keystone XL Pipeline, partisan politics in Washington have prevented this job creating proposal from moving forward. Despite bipartisan support in Congress, the Obama administration and his far left allies have actively worked time and time again to prevent its construction. The Keystone Pipeline represents new jobs for countless Americans and a reliable energy source from a trusted ally. Republicans in the House have sent bill after bill approving the Pipeline over to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has consistently blocked them. With the election season over, it is beyond time for Senate Democrats and President Obama to do the right thing and allow us to move forward with this project.” The Keystone pipeline would create over 42,000 jobs nationwide and reduce American dependency of foreign oil by 40%. Read More

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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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