|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Lincoln Davis|
|Born||Scott Eugene DesJarlais
February 21, 1964
Des Moines, Iowa
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota|
Scott Eugene DesJarlais (//; born February 21, 1964) is an American physician currently serving as U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 4th congressional district after winning re-election to a second term on November 6, 2012. The district, the state's largest, stretches across a large and mostly rural swath of East and Middle Tennessee. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and medical career
DesJarlais was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Joe DesJarlais, a barber, and Sylvia, a registered nurse at Fort Meade Veterans' Hospital in South Dakota. He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He was originally from Sturgis, South Dakota, and moved to East Tennessee in 1993. Today, DesJarlais practices medicine at Grand View Medical Center in Jasper, Tennessee.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2009, DesJarlais—who had never run for elected office before—filed papers to challenge Democratic incumbent Lincoln Davis, as well as Independents Paul H. Curtis, James Gray, Richard S. Johnson, and Gerald York. DesJarlais defeated Davis 57%-39%, the third-largest defeat of a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle, and the first time that an incumbent had been unseated in the district since its creation in 1983. The margin of defeat was all the more remarkable because the 4th is an extremely difficult district in which to campaign. It stretches across portions of five television markets and two time zones, and campaign budgets often rival those of statewide campaigns.
DesJarlais was challenged by Democratic nominee and state senator Eric Stewart. Prior to the 2012 election, the Fourth District was significantly altered as a result of redistricting. Notably, Murfreesboro, formerly the heart of the 6th District, was shifted into the 4th. The redrawn 4th contains about half of the constituents who resided in the former the 4th district, with 14 of 24 counties being moved elsewhere by redistricting. For a time, it was thought that DesJarlais would face a primary challenge from state senator Bill Ketron, a Murfreesboro resident and the chairman of the state senate redistricting committee. However, Ketron decided that he wouldn't run.
During the election campaigns, events from DesJarlais' personal life became public, making the 2012 race against Stewart "one of the ugliest Tennessee congressional races in decades". Stories that surfaced included the fact that during the divorce proceedings, DesJarlais' first wife Susan had alleged that her ex-husband engaged in "violent and threatening behavior". Court filings revealed that he had at least four affairs. One was with a female patient. According to the Huffington Post, tapes that DesJarlais himself recorded, show that he pressured her to have an abortion after she became pregnant. A second woman came forward, stating that she began dating DesJarlais while she was his patient. She alleges that the two smoked marijuana together and he prescribed pain medications for her while at his house.
In October 2012, the non-profit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington requested that the Tennessee Department of Health investigate evidence that DesJarlais had a sexual relationship with a patient, an allegation that could open the congressman to disciplinary action for potentially violating medical ethics. In November 2012, the same group filed another complaint against DesJarlais with the Office of Congressional Ethics, claiming that the Congressman lied about a telephone conversation with a former patient and mistress.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
DesJarlais and his second wife, Amy, have three children. They live in Jasper, a suburb of Chattanooga. DesJarlais divorced his first wife, Susan, in 2001; they have one child. Court documents from his divorce proceedings paint a lurid picture of a doctor who had multiple affairs with coworkers and patients—at least one of whom he prescribed pain pills for—while he was chief of staff at a local hospital. Also according to these transcripts, the anti-abortion, pro-family Tennessee congressman pushed his patient and mistress to get an abortion and agreed that his wife should have two.
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- Scott DesJarlais' Second Mistress: Another Woman Claims Affair With Tennessee Congressman, by Michael McAuliff, Huffington Post, 28 October 2012
- McAuliff, Michael (October 10, 2012). "Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
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- Viebeck, Elise (October 15, 2012). "Ethics complaint filed against DesJarlais". The Hill. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- Barton, Paul C. (Nov 27, 2012). "Watchdog group files ethics complaint against Rep. Scott DesJarlais". The Tennessean. Retrieved Nov 29, 2012.
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- Joshua Marshall (2012-12). "The Winners Of The 2012 Golden Duke Awards!". Retrieved 2013-01-16.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Scott DesJarlais|
- Congressman Scott DesJarlais official U.S. House site
- Scott DesJarlais for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Biography at Freedom Project
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 112th–113th United States Congresses from Tennessee (ordered by seniority)|
|112th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | S. Cohen | P. Roe | D. Black | S. DesJarlais | S. Fincher | C. Fleischmann|
|113th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | S. Cohen | P. Roe | D. Black | S. DesJarlais | S. Fincher | C. Fleischmann|