John Rose (Tennessee politician)

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John Rose
John Rose, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDiane Black
33rd Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
In office
August 1, 2002 – January 18, 2003
GovernorDon Sundquist
Preceded byDan Wheeler
Succeeded byKen Givens
Personal details
John Williams Rose

(1965-02-23) February 23, 1965 (age 54)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationTennessee Technological University (BS)
Purdue University (MS)
Vanderbilt University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website
House website

John Williams Rose (born February 23, 1965) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2019. He was previously Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee and was president of Boson Software, LLC.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rose was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned an agribusiness economics degree from Tennessee Technological University,[2] a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University,[2] and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.[2]


After law school, he co-founded Transcender Corp.,[2] a company that earned the prestigious Music City Future 50 Award five consecutive years. Transcender Corp. was sold in October 2000 for $60 million.[3] Rose currently owns and is the president of Boson Software, LLC, which helps train IT professionals.[4]

Commissioner of Agriculture[edit]

In 2002, Rose was appointed Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Tennessee.[5] As a lifelong farmer and owner of one of Tennessee's oldest working farms,[6] Rose was only 37 at the time of his appointment.[5]

Tennessee State Fair Association chairman[edit]

Rose is the chairman of the Tennessee State Fair Association.[7] The Tennessee State Fair Association is run by a volunteer board of directors.[8] Rose has chaired the group as a volunteer since 2010.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2018 election[edit]

On August 10, 2017, Rose announced that he was running for the 6th Congressional District, a seat that was held by Republican Diane Black, who announced that she was running for Governor.[9][10] On August 2, 2018, He won the Republican primary, defeating multiple opponents.[11] On November 6, 2018, Rose won the election, defeating Democrat Dawn Barlow, with over 70% of the vote.[12]


Rose assumed office and was sworn in on January 3, 2019. On January 16, 2019, Rose joined the House Financial Services Committee.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Rose lives in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their baby son. He also operates a farm in Temperance Hall, south of Cookeville, that has been in his family for eight generations.[14]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "John Rose selected for TBR Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy". Tennessee Tech.
  3. ^ "The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on September 17, 2001 · Page 39".
  4. ^ "John Rose, former Tennessee agriculture commissioner, seeks seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ "Matheny running for 6th District - Nashville Post". Nashville Post.
  7. ^ "About The Fair - Tennessee State Fair".
  8. ^ a b "Tennessee deserves a 'blue ribbon' state fair".
  9. ^ "Lots of Republians eyeing run for Black's seat — if she runs for governor - Humphrey On The Hill".
  10. ^ "Diane Black, weighing run for governor, meets with state GOP leaders".
  11. ^ "John Rose Wins GOP Primary For 6th congressional District". NewsChannel 5. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  12. ^ "Republican John Rose wins 6th Congressional District seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  13. ^ "New House Financial Services Committee Members Announced". Banking Journal. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Biography at official campaign site

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Wheeler
Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Ken Givens
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Diane Black
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Denver Riggleman
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Max Rose