Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Made in America

2017/07/20

It’s “Made in America Week,” and while Tennessee may be better known for fantastic barbecue, incredible music, or the world-famous Les Paul guitar made by Gibson in Nashville, there are a number of companies in our great state making “Made in America” products. I’d like to point your attention to a couple of manufacturers in Tennessee’s Seventh District that pride themselves on making quality, home grown American products – Diamond Gusset Jeans and the Mason Corporation.



Diamond Gusset’s taglines say everything you need to know about the company.

“Born and worn in the USA” cemented their vow 30 years ago to stay 100% American made—a tough decision with all the U.S. regulations and policies that have forced small businesses to choose between manufacturing offshore or merging with other companies to avoid closing.

“Grown and sewn in the USA since 1987” propelled Diamond Gusset through decades of invention in Hickman County, and Tennessee is richer for having such quality merchandise as part of our landscape.

Just 50 miles northeast, in Brentwood, Tennessee, is the Mason Corporation, maker of scooters, water slides, roller and ice skates, and custom shade structures. Since 1982, this family-owned, award-winning company has been a shining example and leading voice for the “Made in America” manufacturing community.

When they saw the market lacked ridable toys for special needs children, they adapted their flagship scooter to fill that need. When a massive recall of imported toys hit the industry in 2007, they formed a coalition of U.S. toy manufacturers to reaffirm their commitment to manufacture products made solely in the U.S.A. And when the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 required new standards, they complied and introduced eco-friendly and recycled plastic materials.

Even as their products bring joy and fun to children and communities around the world, Williamson County is fortunate to have a company so dedicated to making sure their products are worthy of the “Made in the USA” label.

We all know “Made in America” is a gold standard for quality and craftsmanship. President Trump wants to help Americans create, build and grow more products in our country, using American labor, American goods, and American grit. I stand beside him on that agenda.

I’m delighted to serve a district with such thoughtful and inspiring companies, and look forward to finding ways to support American businesses, protect American workers, and inspire more companies to make and source their products right here in the United States of America.


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Blackburn on Passage of 2018 Defense Authorization Bill

2017/07/14

WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Friday issued the following statement upon the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“We have a profound obligation to provide for the common defense. It is our job to ensure those who selflessly serve have the tools and resources they need to keep Americans safe. For those soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, this bill is a big win, helping relieve shortfalls in personnel, funding, and resources that have strained operations and morale for some time. I am pleased to see this bill pass and hopeful the Senate will take quick action on it.”

RELATED: Blackburn’s column on NDAA impact for soldiers, families at Ft. Campbell

 

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the annual legislation that determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent. A summary of the bill can be found here. The full bill text can be found here.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, H.R. 2810, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 339-81. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where Senators will either debate the House version of the defense authorization or offer their own version.

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District, which is home to many of the soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell, headquarters for the 101st Airborne Division (the “Screaming Eagles”).

 

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A win for Fort Campbell, military families, national defense.

2017/07/14

  

With things like increasing funding to counter Russian aggression and activities, prohibiting the transfer of dangerous terrorists out of Guantanamo, and boosting our cyber defenses, this year’s defense authorization bill is a win for our military, their families, and the security of all Americans.

In my district, the men and women at Fort Campbell will be happy to hear that this bill provides for a full pay raise under the law and blocks the President’s ability to lower troop pay.

It also begins to restore the readiness issues our military has been facing like the extreme shortfall in manning and maintenance the Screaming Eagles of the 101st described to Fox news earlier this year.

This bill increases the size of the Army by 17,000 soldiers across the active, guard, and reserve spectrum, allowing units like the 101st to fill critical personnel voids.

Further, we authorize additional funding for the Army to fulfill its unfunded maintenance and training requests so aircraft don’t sit unused, abused, or broken.

This year’s NDAA is a big first step towards restoring our military’s readiness, making it more efficient, and taking care of those who serve and their families.

I am pleased to see this bill pass, but there is more to do. I will continue working in the House to make sure those who serve have the resources, training, and certainty they need to keep us safe.

For additional information and a more detailed, comprehensive summary, click here.

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Blackburn, Kennedy Hearing Aid Bill Passes House

2017/07/13

WASHINGTON – Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., on Wednesday applauded the passage of their bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids meets the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protections as medical devices, providing consumers the option of an FDA-regulated device at lower cost.

"This legislation is the first step to ensuring that millions of Americans can finally have access to affordable hearing aids," said Blackburn. “Just as someone can correct minor sight loss by purchasing reading glasses from their local pharmacy, so too should they be able to correct minor hearing loss with an affordable and accessible hearing aid. This is a bipartisan, commonsense solution the people want and need.”

"Expensive, inaccessible hearing aids not only deny millions of Americans hearing loss relief, they leave our neighbors facing isolation, anxiety and even memory loss,” said Kennedy. “By sparking innovation and competition in this industry, this bill will improve the lives of our constituents in their communities, businesses and homes. With today’s bipartisan passage in the House, we have moved closer to a country where mild to moderate hearing loss is no longer a debilitating diagnosis.”

The provisions of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act implement major recommendations from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The legislation has received endorsements from AARP, the Gerontological Society of America, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Nearly 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, including over half of adults between the ages of 70 to 79. Yet only a small share of Americans with hearing loss - around 14 percent - use hearing aids, primarily due to their high cost. Hearing aids are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans, and out-of-pocket costs for a single hearing aid average $2,400 - far out of reach for many consumers.

The bill text is available here. A fact sheet about the bill is available here.

 

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Above the Noise

2017/06/30

This week’s inappropriate and pointless tweets from the President are a stark example of just what has gone wrong in our political discourse today. Robust yet civil debate over policy disagreements have taken a back seat to thin-skin and knee-jerk reactions to hyper-partisan comments and, unfortunately, unfounded character attacks.

On the day Rep. Steve Scalise and others were shot, seemingly for nothing other than being Republican, not only were we reminded of the consequences of a collapse in civil discourse, but many, including me, renewed our commitment to unity and called for a return to the respectful and civil disagreements that have shaped debate and the political landscape since the birth of our great nation. Our nation and the cause of freedom have been well served by robust and spirited debate.

In this era of 24/7 worldwide news, the President of the United States represents each and every one of us on the world stage. Globally, the President is America, and in this day and age, actions are seen by more and more people and scrutinized more and more intensely around the world. We are right to expect a higher level of civility, graciousness, and diplomacy from our President. We expect the individual who holds the office and the title to rise above the hubris and noise of the day.

While the President is human, and fallible like the rest of us, this current trend needs to stop. This week’s tweets were a step way too far, regardless of what personal exchanges or insults had been hurled. From health care to immigration to trade to infrastructure to terrorism, there are far too many pressing issues facing this country for petty squabbles to be on the President’s radar. I respectfully request, Mr. President, that you turn your focus to the issues we are working on in Congress – the positive solutions we are trying to get to your desk to make America great again. You are delivering on your promises, as are we. Let’s talk more about those and less about one another. The American people would be grateful.

No matter who you are – President of the United States, a cable news anchor, plumber, lawyer, welder, doctor – bombast and ratings should not rank higher than our shared desire to live freely in this country alongside our fellow Americans. We are blessed to live in a country where we are free to express our opinions, no matter how inflammatory or hyperbolic. As a legislator, I work daily to protect those freedoms. But we ought also to remember that we are all a part of a greater humanity, and that civility in our interactions – both personal and digital – is not only proper, but fundamental to a respectful and prosperous society.

 


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Fellow Americans, lend me your ear!

2017/06/20

I am the original co-sponsor of a bill in the House of Representatives called the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act. In short, for those suffering from minor hearing loss, the bill would make hearing aids more affordable and easier to get.

For some, this bill may seem irrelevant. But for the roughly 48 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, this bill could change lives. The facts are clear:



So, I decided it was a good idea to support a bill that allows more people to get the help they need. Recently, however, this commonsense bill has fallen under attack by an ugly foe: plain, unfounded partisan rhetoric. You may have seen the ads railing against it, and many of you have called to express your concerns with this ad.

The claims made in this ad are false and misleading.


Click here to read my op-ed explaining this bill and debunking these erroneous claims.


Click here to see the myths and facts about this bill.


The bottom line is, this is a fiscally conservative policy that increases choice and lowers costs through competition…for all who suffer.


Click here for a summary of the bill.


But don’t take my word for it, read what others have said about this commonsense bill:


       
         
    "Opening the market to OTC hearing aids would force the industry to cut prices and compete head-to-head against newer technologies. For a bill that is virtually an archetype for market-based health care reform, continued conservative opposition communicates a distressing case of partisanship over principle."     
     Samuel Hammond
Poverty and Welfare Analyst at the Niskanen Center
   
         
   

"AARP believes your bill will improve consumers’ access to affordable hearing technologies that can improve their daily living.”

   
   

Joyce Rogers
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, AARP

   
         
     “This would seem to be a no-brainer. It would drive down prices for all hearing devices by increasing choice and competition.”    
     The Washington Times, 6/11/2017    
         
     “The approval of over-the-counter hearing aids will also cut through the red tape and confusing federal, state and local regulations that currently make purchasing a hearing aid intimidating even for those who can afford them. As hearing aids become more affordable and easier to purchase, HLAA believes that far more Americans will take advantage of them.”    
     Barbara Kelley
Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America
   
         
     “We feel this legislation will allow us to create innovative solutions to provide greater access and lower cost for millions of Americans.”    
     Mark Gorder
President & CEO, IntriCon
   
         
     “The best part of this over-the-counter scenario: Instead of spending an average of $1,500 to $2,000 per device (and nearly everyone needs two), you’ll find that the price has plummeted. You might pay $300 per ear, maybe even less.”    
     The New York Times, 6/12/2017    
         
     “This would help with the out-of-pocket costs many seniors face due to gaps in Medicare coverage for hearing, vision and dental care.”    
     The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations    
         
     “This may be the first and last time I’ve ever been on the side of Elizabeth Warren!”    
     Stephen Moore
noted conservative writer, economist, and hearing-loss-sufferer
   
         
     “[This bill] will expand access to quality hearing health products and services, reduce duplicative costs, and remove unnecessary, nonbeneficial barriers to care.”    
     Academy of Doctors of Audiology    
         
         


Some of the supporters of this bill include:


At the end of the day, this bill addresses a problem that does not discriminate and does not subscribe to one political party or another. At older ages, hearing loss becomes almost universal, affecting more than 60 percent of those in their 70s and nearly 80 percent of those over 80. While we may disagree politically, we shouldn’t let good policy perish because we can’t hear past hyper-partisan rhetoric.

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Blackburn-sponsored bill making hearing aids affordable, accessible advances

2017/06/07

WASHINGTON – Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) on Wednesday applauded the bipartisan passage of their Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss.

"This legislation is the first step to ensuring that millions of Americans can finally have access to affordable hearing aids," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn. “Just as someone can correct minor sight loss by purchasing reading glasses from their local pharmacy, so too should they be able to correct minor hearing loss with an affordable and accessible hearing aid. This is a bipartisan, commonsense solution the people want and need.”

 

"Access to hearing aids shouldn't be limited by cost and a lack of competition. Recent innovation in hearing aid technology and over-the-counter sales will ensure millions of Americans are able to obtain hearing aids that improve their ability to communicate with their families, at their jobs and everywhere in between. With today’s bipartisan passage, we have moved closer to bringing relief to millions of our neighbors. I look forward to continued bipartisan efforts to move this bill through the full House and Senate," said Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

In addition to greater accessibility, the proposed legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids meets the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protections as medical devices, providing consumers the option of an FDA-regulated device at lower cost.

The provisions of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act implement major recommendations from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The legislation has received endorsements from AARP, the Gerontological Society of America, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Nearly 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, including over half of adults between the ages of 70 to 79. Yet only a small share of Americans with hearing loss - around 14 percent - use hearing aids, primarily due to their high cost. Hearing aids are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans, and out-of-pocket costs for a single hearing aid average $2,400 - far out of reach for many consumers.

The bill text is available here. A fact sheet about the bill is available here.

 

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President Signs Legislation Naming New Nashville Federal Courthouse in Honor of Fred Thompson

2017/06/06

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) along with U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) today released the following statements after President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation naming the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson.

Senator Alexander said: “Tennesseans and our country were fortunate that public service attracted Fred Thompson. His personality had a streak of magic – he was authentic, purposeful and principled – and he worked hard. The entire Tennessee delegation agrees it’s very appropriate that the new Nashville courthouse be named for Senator Thompson, and I’m grateful the president signed legislation today to do so. It has given me a great deal of pride to be able to ask that this be done.”

Senator Corker said: “Fred Thompson was one of a kind. He served the people of Tennessee and our country with great distinction, and through his many different roles in public life, Fred never forgot where he came from. I was proud to call him a friend and am pleased the president has signed this legislation into law.”

Representative Blackburn said: “Fred Thompson was a neighbor and friend who made a lasting impression on the state of Tennessee. He loved our state and her people. With the President’s signature on this bill, Fred Thompson’s legacy of service, leadership, and care will be celebrated and stamped in time.”

Representative Black said: “Fred Thompson was a statesman who led with conviction, and he was a visionary who helped turn our state into the conservative success story that it is today. Tennessee shines brighter because of Fred Thompson’s service. This courthouse will serve as a worthy tribute to his enduring legacy.”

Representative Cooper said: “I am thankful that the 20-year process of getting a new federal courthouse for Nashville is finally nearing completion. Sens. Alexander and Corker deserve great credit, as does our House appropriator, Rep. Fleischmann. The Thompson Courthouse should be a place where every American can get equal justice under law.”

Representative Cohen: “It was an honor to be a cosponsor of the bipartisan bill in the House to honor my friend Fred Thompson. Fred served the United States Senate and the state of Tennessee with distinction for 8 years. He was a proud graduate of the University of Memphis and the only U of M grad to ever serve in the Senate. I was present when the National Conference of State Legislatures awarded him the Restoring the Balance Award for his dedication to federalism. For Fred, it was not a political or campaign issue, it was his philosophy. Fred was always encouraging to me and I valued our friendship. He led an eclectic life from his time as an outstanding congressional staffer during the Watergate hearings and as a fine attorney, actor, and public servant. It is most appropriate that we name the federal courthouse in Nashville after this great American.”

Representative DesJarlais said: 
“From working as a young attorney highlighting corruption in the White House and Tennessee’s governor’s mansion, to being a familiar face on movies and television, to serving our state as a United States Senator, Fred Thompson will always be known as a favorite son of Tennessee.  His service will be a part of the rich history of our state, and I am happy to join my colleagues in supporting this initiative.”

Representative Duncan said: “This is a fitting tribute to Senator Fred Thompson who was a strong, independent voice for Tennessee and somebody for whom I had great admiration and respect.  Even though he achieved great national prominence, he never forgot his Tennessee roots.”

Representative Fleischmann said: “Senator Fred Thompson gave many years of dedicated service to Tennessee and this great nation. I am very pleased the Senate passed the legislation naming a Federal Courthouse after him, and I’m glad President Trump signed the bill into law.”

Representative Kustoff said: “Fred Thompson was an accomplished lawyer, a talented actor and a true statesman. Most importantly, he was a dedicated public servant and a proud Tennessean. I am pleased President Trump signed this legislation to name the Nashville courthouse in his honor. I was glad to know him and could not think of a more perfect way to pay tribute to his remarkable life and legacy.”

Representative Roe said: “I’m proud President Trump signed this bill to honor Senator Fred Thompson into law. Fred was a dedicated public servant and a dear friend to me and so many others, and it is fitting the Nashville Federal Courthouse will bear the name and memory of a great statesman and Tennessean.”

Full funding for construction of the new Nashville federal courthouse was provided by Congress in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which was approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in December of 2015. The new courthouse will be constructed by the General Services Administration and will be located at 719 Church Street.

Fred Thompson was first elected to the United States Senate in 1994 and served as a Senator from the State of Tennessee until 2003. Sen. Thompson graduated from Memphis State University in 1964 and Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1967. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the State of Tennessee before serving as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973. Sen. Thompson passed away on Nov. 1, 2015.

On Jan. 9, members of the Tennessee delegation introduced a bipartisan bill to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of Fred Thompson. On March 7, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the legislation, and the Senate passed the legislation on May 24.

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Blackburn Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

2017/06/01

WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement:

“I applaud President Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Simply put, it is a bad deal that placed political goals above the American people. Americans, American energy, American jobs, and the American economy must come first, and President Trump is staying true to his word to always act in the best interest of the American people and the country.”

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

 

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Blackburn introduces bill to protect online privacy

2017/05/19

WASHINGTON—Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act of 2017 to protect the online privacy of Americans. She was joined by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas).

Several weeks ago, Blackburn led an effort to repeal the FCC’s privacy rulemaking. “The FCC’s privacy rulemaking had two distinct problems,” Blackburn said. “First, it created confusion by establishing two privacy regulators. The FCC unilaterally swiped jurisdiction from the FTC in a blatant power grab. Second, the FCC focused on only one part of the Internet eco-system and ignored edge provider services that collect as much, if not more data, than ISPs. The government should not pick winners and losers when it comes to the privacy of Americans. This bill creates a level and fair privacy playing field by bringing all entities that collect and sell the personal data of individuals under the same rules. We look forward to working with our Democratic colleagues on this important initiative.”

"As a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee's Cybersecurity Subcommittee, internet privacy and security must be a top priority. Step one in that process was to override any regulation that creates more confusion by giving jurisdiction to multiple agencies, only to have them regulate only one-half of the digital world. Step two in that process is to introduce comprehensive internet privacy legislation that will more fully protect online users in their use of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), search engines and social media,” said Fitzpatrick. “The BROWSER Act does just that. We must offer American citizens real internet privacy protection, not mere lip service which gives internet users false expectations about their level of online security. I encourage all House members who are serious about protecting our constituents' online privacy to join me in advancing this bill."

The legislation designates the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the nation’s sole online privacy enforcer and brings internet service providers (ISPs) and edge providers under a regime similar to that previously adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

To read the text of the bill, click here.

Rep. Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of representatives.

Rep. Fitzpatrick represents Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District and serves on the House Foreign Affairs, Small Business, and Homeland Security Committees.

Rep. Flores represents Texas’ Seventeenth Congressional District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.


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Growing up, Marsha Blackburn learned that the promise of our nation depends on each generation of Americans working hard to leave the country a better place than they found it. As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to the sacred obligation all citizens have to their communities: making Tennessee and America a better, more prosperous, and freer place.

Congressman Blackburn began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator. Blackburn’s Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She became known to her constituents for holding “budget school” in her district and across the state; identifying waste and offering solutions for a state in a budget crunch.

While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. She earned the reputation as a champion of anti-tax and government reform issues, frequently appearing on local talk radio and even earning the attention of national publications like the Wall Street Journal and conservative groups such as Americans for Tax Reform.

Blackburn’s reputation for focusing on individual freedom and free enterprise boosted her from the Tennessee Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Blackburn was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in 2002, quickly becoming a leader in Congress and a leading voice advocating for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She is regularly praised by good government groups like the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Farm Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and the American Conservative Union. She has been named a Taxpayer Hero by Americans for Tax Reform each year she has served in Congress. In 2007 Blackburn received the Conservative Leadership Award from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Congressman Blackburn is often selected by her colleagues to lead the charge for common sense reform. In February 2010 she was selected to represent conservative views on health care reform at the President’s Blair House Summit. She has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election in 2002, and holds a seat on the vital Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over health care, energy regulation, and telecommunications issues. In 2006 the Independent Electrical Contractors recognized her as their Lawmaker of the Year.

Marsha has earned a special reputation as a bi-partisan leader and policy expert on telecommunications issues and intellectual property rights. She has strong ties with Tennessee’s recording industry and the songwriters and performers who make it great. In 2003 Blackburn founded and serves as Chairman of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the nation’s creative community a voice on Capitol Hill. In 2007, she was awarded the Congressional Grammy by the Recording Academy; the White Hat award from the Nashville Songwriters Association and in 2008 received the Platinum Award from the RIAA.

In 2012, Health IT Now presented her with the HITN Innovation Award for her work in support of innovative solutions to our most pressing healthcare problems. Marsha has also been honored by the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony list for her pro-life, pro-family work. And recognized by the Association of Children’s Hospitals and the American College of Radiology for her leadership on healthcare issues. In April 2013 at the “Women Run The World” Half Marathon in New York City, More Magazine recognized Blackburn for her service in government by honoring her as one of 10 women who are making a difference in the world.

Blackburn was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 113th Congress where she will continue to serve on four critical Subcommittees: Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT); Oversight; Health; and Communications and Technology. She serves on the House Budget Committee and is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. Blackburn is also a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.

Marsha and her husband Chuck live in Williamson County, Tennessee. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel and Chad Blackburn; and two grandsons. Blackburn is a native of Laurel, Mississippi and graduate of Mississippi State University.

 


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Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

John Duncan

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

David Kustoff

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

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