We have had a wonderful time working in the Fourth Congressional District lately. I wanted to share a few articles with you so you can keep up to date with the work that we are doing.
We will continue to provide the best service possible to our constituents in Tennessee. And, in Washington, I am determined to stand firm on conservative principle – even when it is unpopular in the beltway.
Dr. Scott DesJarlais, M.D.
U.S. Representative, TN-04
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-South Pittsburg) pushed for conservative ideas, especially when it comes to debt and spending, but he also endorsed dialogue that transcends party lines and labels during a public meeting Monday at Pope’s Café on the Shelbyville square. It was not DesJarlais’ first visit to Bedford County, but it was the first official constituent meeting here since Bedford County was moved into the 4th Congressional District effective with the new session of Congress.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais (Tn.-04) will hold two Coffee with the Congressman events on Thursday. These will be open to the public.
The first will be from 10-11 a.m. in Rhea County, at Bimbo’s Restaurant, 7606 Rhea County Highway, Dayton, Tn. 37321, and the second will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Bradley County, at Bald Headed Bistro, 201 Keith St SW, Cleveland, Tn. 37311.
Marion County Newspapers, Inc.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, of the Fourth Tennessee Congressional District, made a stop at Dutch Maid Bakery in Jasper, Tennessee on Wednesday, January 30. Congressman DesJarlais took questions from attendants on a variety of areas including the national budget, veteran’s affairs, defense spending, education, tax reform, gas prices, and gun control legislature. The Congressman also discussed his recent trip to the Middle East and the people’s reactions to the American people.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday presented an American flag to the family of a Korean War veteran whose remains were returned to Grundy County 62 years after he went missing in action. “It’s a treat for me to be able to honor our veterans and our servicemen,” DesJarlais said in one of his first public appearances since last year’s election. “It’s one of the parts of our job that makes sense to me.” The flag flew over the U.S. Capitol building on Sept. 19, the congressman’s spokesman said.
Scott DesJarlais hosts ‘Coffee with the Congressman’
In stark contrast to his bitter re-election campaign last fall where he was rarely seen, Representative Scott DesJarlais hosted a series of events across his district this week billed as Coffee with the Congressman. Late Friday afternoon the second term representative was at the City Cafe in Rutherford County which comprises about half the voters in the largely rural 4th District. He said voters “aren’t asking him about the campaign issues,” but rather “a whole lot of other issues.”
At a stop in Dayton on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper said he has become somewhat disillusioned with how government business is done in Washington, D.C. “They go behind closed doors and work deals out and then they come to us to tell us how to vote by whipping us up,” DesJarlais said referring to the whip position held by both parties in Congress.
Daily News Journal
Gun debate blasts DesJarlais’ ‘coffee’
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ first Coffee with the Congressman here erupted into an argument over gun control Friday with constituents shouting at each other inside the venerable City Cafe. Florence Tolbert of Murfreesboro and Rebekah Majors-Manley of Bell Buckle butted heads toward the end of DesJarlais’ visit over the rights of Americans to use high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons.
As the discussion of gun control continues to heat up, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais witnessed first hand Friday how the issue has thrust opposing viewpoints of constitutional interpretation at the forefront of political discourse… “I am committed to protecting Second Amendment rights,” DesJarlais said. “Emotions do bring bad laws, and this is a unique right that Americans have cherished for a very long time.”
The Herald Chronicle
Despite the frigid cold weather hordes of people turned out for the 9th Annual Davis, Kessler and Davis Attorneys At Law Hog Day Give-Away… Appearances were made by several politicians this year including Congressman Dr. Scott DesJarlais.
Columbia Daily Herald
U.S. rep. talks gun rights downtown
The smell of fresh-brewed coffee permeated the air as U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais prepared to address his Columbia constituents during his first official week representing the newly-drawn 4th Congressional District. DesJarlais held “Coffee with the Congressman” Tuesday at Killion’s Coffee and Creamery in downtown Columbia. Several issues carried the meeting, but recent talks about gun reform regulations in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting lead the discussion.
After a hard fought election, because of your continued support and confidence in me, I will be able to represent you and your families interests in the 113th Congress. This would not be possible without your belief in me, and for that, I thank you.
I often think of November as being a month of Thanks, and I couldn’t be more thankful to represent the Fourth District of Tennessee for two more years. This district represents the heart of Tennessee, and as I did in the past two years, I will continue to make your concerns my concerns and continue the fight for more jobs and reducing the size of government.
For the second election in a row, my opponents and the liberal media have tried to ignore the problems facing our nation and instead concentrate solely on a 14 year old divorce. The election results clearly show that you want a leader in Washington who is focused on providing solutions that will ensure a brighter future for our country and for the people of the Fourth District of Tennessee. I look forward to continuing this fight for each of you.
My utmost thanks,
Scott DesJarlais, MD
U.S. Representative, Fourth District
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for October 2012:
“Today’s disappointing jobs report proves that the Obama Administration’s four years of trillion dollar deficits, failed ‘stimulus’ spending, excessive government regulations and threats of tax increases on small businesses have failed to strengthen our economy and create jobs. In fact, it is making the problem worse.
“Eric Stewart has stated that he supports President Obama and his policies that are costing jobs right here in Tennessee. He believes in the same ‘government knows best’ approach that led to 43 months of unemployment above eight percent and nearly $5 trillion dollars in new debt.
“In Congress, I’ve been proud to help lead an aggressive effort by House Republicans to identify and eliminate barriers to job creation and economic growth. We have passed legislation that would reduce miles of bureaucratic red tape, bring down energy costs, reform our tax code and eliminate job-crushing deficits. Unfortunately, many of these efforts have been blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“My opponent supports President Obama’s approach of continued government expansion. I believe that the path to a brighter future will only be achieved by empowering American business owners and entrepreneurs.”
NRA Endorses Congressman DesJarlais
Cites Eric Stewart’s Weak Support of 2nd Amendment Rights
Statement from NRA Reads as Follows:
Vote Freedom First!
Vote for Congressman Scott DesJarlais
For the U.S. House on Tuesday, November 6th!
Dear Tennessee NRA Member,
The NRA Political Victory Fund (www.nrapvf.org) has endorsed Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee. Scott DesJarlais has earned an “A” rating by fighting for your firearms freedom in congress, and now he needs your help to ensure our second amendment rights and hunting heritage are protected.
In the 112th congress, he co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 822, “The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act.” This bill would ensure law-abiding Americans with a valid concealed handgun license could be able to carry their concealed firearm in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
In contrast, his opponent Eric Stewart, voted against S.B. 3012 in the Tennessee Senate, a measure that allows Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit holders to carry a firearm for self defense in restaurants.
Protest your rights by voting Scott DesJarlais for congress! The choice is clear, please make sure your friends and family go to the polls on November 6th and vote Scott DesJarlais for Congress!
From the Tennessee Farm Bureau News Release:
Chattanooga, TN (October 25, 2012)- The nation’s largest state grassroots Farm Bureau organization, during a special presentation today in Chattanooga, presented Congressman Scott DesJarlais with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friends of Farm Bureau” honor. Tennessee Farm Bureau President Lacy Upchurch announced DesJarlais as one of Tennessee’s recipients for the honor due to his support and continuous voting record for agriculture, rural communities and Farm Bureau policy.
“‘Friends of Farm Bureau’ are those who have demonstrated their support for agriculture through their words and actions,” said Upchurch. “Our designations are influenced by statewide grassroots input and are only given when a candidate exhibits a clear understanding and record of support for Farm Bureau policy issues. We look forward to working with candidates who possess this type of understanding and experience. Congressman DesJarlais has reached out to agriculture during his term in the Congress. His votes on farm related issues, continued concerns for our farmers during drought and other tough times experienced recently, makes him a friend not only of Farm Bureau, but the Tennessee farmer as well.”
The “Friends of Farm Bureau” is a national award given each year by the American Farm Bureau to U.S. Senators and Congressmen who have voted with the organization at least 60 percent of the time on issues related to Farm Bureau policy. Other elected officials from Tennessee to also receive the award are: Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker; Congressmen Phil Roe, John Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, and Stephen Fincher.