Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


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


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


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


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


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


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

DesJarlais' argument on ACA could prevail in court


A federal court is about to rule on an argument against President Barack Obama's health care reform law that resembles one Rep. Scott DesJarlais advanced more than two years ago. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Applauds SCOTUS Decision in Hobby Lobby Case


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, MD (TN-04) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. “No Individual or organization should ever be forced to choose between violating their own personal religious beliefs and fulfilling a government mandate. I applaud today’s Supreme Court ruling, which reaffirms our constitutionally protected religious freedoms.”   Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Cosponsors Fair Tax Act


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, MD, TN-04, today cosponsored H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Rob Woodall, GA-7. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Cosponsors Fair Tax Legislation


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, MD (TN-04) today cosponsored H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-7). The FairTax replaces our current income tax system with a single, national consumption tax in exchange for repealing the Sixteenth Amendment. With the passage of the FairTax, American workers will receive their full paycheck before the federal government gets a penny. It also eliminates funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after 2017. “The Internal Revenue Service has shown itself to be corrupt, inept and unworthy of the responsibility the agency has been entrusted with,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “It has become abundantly clear the American people have lost faith in the IRS and want to drastically limit its power to intrude in our lives. The FairTax empowers taxpayers by allowing each citizen to control the amount of taxes he or she pays. This would create a fairer, flatter and simpler tax code for both families and businesses.” “Replacing our broken tax code with the FairTax will unshackle America’s job creators, unburden American families, and spur an economic revolution,” said Congressman Woodall. “Across the nation, folks have been calling for the FairTax and I’m excited that momentum is growing in Washington, too.” Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Corker/Murphy Proposal to Increase Gas Taxes


Congressman Scott DesJarlais, MD (TN-04) released the following statement after Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) released a plan to raise the gas tax by 12 cents over the next two years: “As long as I am in the House of Representatives, I will oppose any effort to raise taxes. Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. While I understand the need for good roads, the answer is to prioritize spending – not increase taxes on Tennessee families.” 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.

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