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
Born
John Williams Rose

(1965-02-23) February 23, 1965 (age 57)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Chelsea Doss
(m. 2011)
Children3
EducationTennessee Technological University (BS)
Purdue University (MS)
Vanderbilt University (JD)
WebsiteHouse 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. A Republican, he was commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee and president of Boson Software, LLC.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rose was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness economics from Tennessee Technological University in 1988, a Master of Science in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1990, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1992, Rose co-founded Transcender Corp.,[2] a provider of online information technology certification products that was sold in October 2000 for $60 million.[3] Rose owns and is the president of Boson Software, LLC, which trains IT professionals.[4]

Rose served as commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee in 2002.[5] He owns a family farm in rural Temperance Hall, west of Cookeville.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018[edit]

On August 2, 2018, Rose won the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District after Diane Black vacated the seat to run for governor.[7][8] He defeated Dawn Barlow in the November 6 general election with more than 70% of the vote.[9] After being elected, Rose hired former Representative Van Hilleary as his chief of staff.[10]

2020[edit]

Rose won a second term with 73.7% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Christopher Finley.[11] He was unopposed in the primary election.[12]

Notable acts in office[edit]

In May 2019, Rose blocked a vote during a pro forma session of Congress on a $19.1-billion relief bill intended to deliver aid to areas of the U.S. affected by natural disasters the previous year. He cited the national deficit and the vote being held during a Congressional break as reasons for his objection.[13]

In December 2020, Rose was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[14] In January 2021, Rose was one of 147 Republicans in Congress and 139 in the House to vote to object to the certification of the results of the election.[15]

In June 2021, Rose was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to the United States Capitol Police officers who were on duty during the 2021 United States Capitol attack. He said it was too soon to award the medals and there was not yet enough information about the events on January 6.[16]

In 2022, Rose was one of 39 Republicans to vote for the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[17][18]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 43,788 41.3
Republican Bob Corlew 33,088 31.2
Republican Judd Matheny 16,753 15.9
Republican Lavern Vivio 9,506 9
Republican Christopher Monday 3,021 2.9
Total votes 106,156 100
Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 172,810 69.5
Democratic Dawn Barlow 70,370 28.3
Independent David Ross 3,426 1.4
Independent Lloyd Dunn 2,134 .8
Total votes 248,740 100

Nonprofit work[edit]

Rose has chaired the Tennessee State Fair Association since its founding in 2010.[20] He has also served on Tennessee Tech University Foundation's board of directors[3] and as chair of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America Foundation.[21]

Rose established the Jerry and Betty Williams Rose Scholarship for agricultural students at Tennessee Tech in memory of his parents.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rose and his wife Chelsea (née Doss) married in January 2011.[23] They live in Cookeville, Tennessee, with their two sons.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denton, Mary Jo (September 25, 2002). "COOKEVILLIAN NEW STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER" (PDF). Herald-Citizen. Cookeville, Tennessee. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Plazas, David (October 10, 2018). "Meet John Rose, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 6". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Elliott, Stephen (August 10, 2017). "Former Ag commissioner running for Black seat". Nashville Post. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Ebert, Joel (August 10, 2017). "John Rose, former Tennessee agriculture commissioner, seeks seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. ^ "Rose chosen as Tennessee commissioner of agriculture". Memphis Business Journal. August 1, 2002. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Biography". johnrose.com.
  7. ^ Humphrey, Tom (June 15, 2017). "Lots of Republicans eyeing run for Black's seat – if she runs for governor". TNJ: On The Hill. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Garrison, Joey (February 9, 2017). "Diane Black, weighing run for governor, meets with state GOP leaders". The Tennessean.
  9. ^ Humbles, Andy. "Republican John Rose wins 6th Congressional District seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  10. ^ Elliott, Stephen (December 11, 2018). "John Rose names Van Hilleary chief of staff". Nashville Post.
  11. ^ "Tennessee Election Results: Sixth Congressional District". The New York Times. November 3, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  12. ^ "2020 Tennessee Election Results". IndyStar. August 6, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  13. ^ Montoya-Galvez, Camilo (May 30, 2019). "$19.1 billion disaster bill blocked by single GOP lawmaker for third time". CBS News. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  14. ^ "List: The 126 House members, 19 states and 2 imaginary states that backed Texas' challenge to Trump defeat". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. December 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Yourish, Karen; Larry Buchanan; Denise Lu (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  16. ^ WBIR Staff (June 17, 2021). "Tennessee congressman votes 'no' on honoring Capitol police with Congressional Gold Medal for Jan. 6 response". WBIR-TV. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  17. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC.
  18. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".
  19. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  20. ^ Garrison, Joey (January 18, 2019). "Tennessee congressman's state fair group sues Nashville seeking to stop MLS stadium". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  21. ^ Pathé, Simone (August 2, 2018). "Tennessee Poised to Return to All-Male House Delegation in 2019". Roll Call. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  22. ^ "JOHN ROSE TO BE HONORED FOR YEARS OF GIVING BACK" (PDF). johnrose.com (Press release). April 12, 2018. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  23. ^ "Doss ~ Rose" (PDF). Eagleville Times. Vol. 9, no. 1. January 2011. p. 7. Retrieved April 5, 2022.

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Preceded by
Dan Wheeler
Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
2002–2003
Succeeded by
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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

2019–present
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