Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

U.S. Representative (since 2011)

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Why He Matters

DesJarlais, a career physician, won one of Tennessee's most closely-fought congressional races in 2010 against four-term incumbent Rep. Lincoln Davis (R-Tenn.).

DesJarlais argued Democrats were pushing a "socialist" agenda and that the country should be tightening its belt fiscally. He has endorsed putting a spending freeze on all non-budgetary items, as well as decreasing taxpayers' burden.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: Doctor, Grand View Medical Center (1993-2010)
  • Birthday: Feb. 21, 1964
  • Hometown: Sturgis, S.D.
  • Alma Mater: University of South Dakota (B.S., M.D.)
  • Spouse: Amy
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Committees: Agriculture ; Oversight and Government Reform ; Education and Labor
  • DC Office: 413 Canon HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-6831
  • State/District Office: 1804 Carmack Blvd. Suite A Columbia, TN 38401Phone: (931) 490-8699
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Path To Power

Born in 1964, DesJarlais is a native of South Dakota where his father worked as a barber and his bother was a registered nurse at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital.

Growing up, DesJarlais worked in his father's barbershop as a shoeshine boy. Later, he worked at a car dealership service shop, putting time in every summer while a student at the University of South Dakota. After studying chemistry and psychology as an undergraduate, he earned his medical degree from the university.

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The Issues

DesJarlais says he subscribes to the conservative philosophy of "less government, lower taxes and more freedom" and said he would "make sure that everything that gets passed this session falls within the parameters of those three principals we've campaigned on."DesJarlais signed the" Contract from America," a framework for reform developed by members of the tea-Pparty movement yjay included tenets based on limiting the role of government.

DesJarlais said he would push for congressional term limits, saying "that's gonna be something that will always be on the front burner."

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The Network

During his 2010 campaign, DesJarlais had stumping help from several congressional members including then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and fellow Tennessee Republican Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Phil Roe. Like DesJarlais, Roe was a practicing physician.


Additional Resources

  1. "DesJarlaias called 'contender' by GOP 'Young Guns' Program.'" TimesFreePress.com, Sept. 21, 2010.
  2. Flessner, Dave. "Fight in the Fourth." TimesFreePress.com, Oct. 16, 2010.
  3. "Dr. D's Prescription for Tennessee"
  4. "TN 4th Congressional District Republican Candidate Debate - Lincoln County" Bear Creek Ledger, April 21, 2010
  5. McArdle, John, "Tenn. Primary Action Largely on the GOP Side" Roll Call, Aug. 4, 2010
  6. Cleary, Dan. "Q&A With TN-4 Candidate Scott DesJarlais." RedState.com, May 3, 2010.
  7. Poovey, Bill, "Doc challenges NRA-backed Demo Lincoln Davis" The Associated Press, Oct. 17, 2010
  8. McArdle, John. "Old Divorce File Riles Tennessee." RollCall.com, Sept. 16, 2010.
  9. "Dr. Scott DesJarlais" The Sean Hannity Show
  10. Flessner, Dave, "Extended jobless benefits near end" Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 28, 2010
  11. "Decision 2010: Tennessee results," MSNBC, November 2, 2010
  12. "Contract FROM America"
  13. Coyner, Kristin, "112th Congress: Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. (4th District)" CQ Politics, Nov. 6, 2010
  14. "DesJarlais: Social Security Must be Saved"
  15. Flessner, Dave, "Earmark foes pledge support for regional research funding" Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 23, 2010
  16. Cleary, Dan, "Q&A With TN-4 Candidate Scott DesJarlais" RedState, May 3, 2010
  17. "Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate Scott DesJarlais" Press Release (PDF), April 14, 2010
  18. Humphrey, Tom, "Cantor Joins Republicans Stumping for DesJarlais" Knoxville News Sentinel, Oct. 28, 2010
  19. McArdle, John, "Old Divorce File Riles Tennessee" Roll Call, Sept. 16, 2010
  20. "About Dr. Scott DesJarlais"
  21. "DesJarlais wins District 4 ousting Lincoln Davis" WRCB-TV, Nov. 2, 2010
  22. Legge, Joe, "Candidate Profile: Dr. Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee 4th Congressional District" WDEF, Nov. 1, 2010
  23. Higgins, Sean, "Is There A Doctor In The House? More Physicians Eye Congress" Investor's Business Daily, Dec. 18, 2009
  24. Collins, Michael, "Scott DesJarlais ousts Lincoln Davis in 4th District" Knoxville News Sentinel,, Nov. 3, 2010
  25. D'Arcy, Denae, "Congressman-elect Scott DesJarlais answers constituent questions" WATE.com, Nov. 8, 2010
  26. "About Dr. Scott DesJarlais"
  27. Henry, Larry. "Tight race forecast in 4th Congressional District." TimesFreePress.com, Aug. 23, 2010.
  28. Washington Post 2010 Election Results
  29. Henry, Larry, "Tight race forecast in 4th Congressional District" Chattanooga Times Free Press, Aug. 23, 2010
  30. "Dr. Scott DesJarlais" The Sean Hannity Show