Mark Green (Tennessee politician)

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Mark Green
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Tim Barnes
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Camie
Children 2
Residence Ashland City, Tennessee
Alma mater West Point Academy, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Awards Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Air Medal, a second Air Medal with a "V" Device for Valor under heavy enemy fire, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1986 - 2006
Battles/wars Afghanistan War, Iraq War (Operation Red Dawn)

Mark Green is an American physician and politician from the state of Tennessee currently serving in the Tennessee Senate as a member of the Republican Party. Prior to running for office, Green founded and served as the CEO of Align MD a healthcare emergency medicine staffing company. Before serving as CEO of Align MD Dr. Green was a member of the US Army. He served as an emergency medicine physician in Operation Red Dawn, which saw the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Military career[edit]

Green graduated from West Point Academy in 1986.[1] From 1987 through 1990, Green served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. His first duty assignment following graduation from the US Army Ranger School was with the 194th Armored Brigade (United States) at Fort Knox. There he served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader and battalion adjutant for an Infantry Battalion. Following the Infantry Officer's Advance Course, then Captain Green served with the famed 82nd Airborne Division[2] as an airborne battalion supply officer and a rifle company commander. Following a traumatic event where his father's life was saved by a team of surgeons and critical care doctors, Green requested the US Army send him to medical school. He attended Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He did his residency in emergency medicine at Fort Hood Texas. After his residency Dr. Green was selected to serve as the Flight surgeon for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.[3]

Green decided to become a doctor after his father spent 45 days in an intensive care unit.[4] He obtained his medical degree from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in 1999.[5] He completed his residency in emergency medicine in 2002. He then served as a special operations flight surgeon in the United States Army, including tours of duty in the Afghanistan War and Iraq War. He was the special operations flight surgeon during Operation Red Dawn, the military operation that captured Saddam Hussein. Green sat with Hussein for the first 24 hours of his capture,[1] and interrogated him for six hours.[4] Following his military service, he authored a book, titled A Night With Saddam, detailing the capture of Hussein and the medical care Green administered.[2]

Green left the military in 2006.[4] For his service, Green was awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, and the Combat Medical Badge among numerous other awards. He also earned the Air Assault Badge and the Flight Surgeon Badge[1][2] during his military service.

Civilian career[edit]

Green founded and served as chief executive officer of Align MD, a hospital staffing company. There he led his company to provide services in five southeastern states and also founded Align MD Foundation, which provides healthcare to impoverished regions across the globe. He was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2012, defeating Democratic incumbent Tim Barnes.[2][6][7] He was said to challenge Lamar Alexander in the 2014 U.S. Senate election,[8] but declined to do so.[9] Green has been rumored to be a possible candidate for the 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial election.[10]

In 2015, Green was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Williamson College in Franklin, Tennessee.[11]


Green and his wife, Camie, reside in Ashland City, Tennessee. They have two children.[3]



  1. ^ a b c "Senator Green to speak to Wilson County Conservative Republicans". July 23, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bonecutter, Hank (November 22, 2011). "Mark Green to run for State Senate » Clarksville, TN Online". Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Tennessee State Senator Mark Green Launches new website » Clarksville, TN Online". February 2, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Everett, Laurie (July 26, 2013). "State senator talks about his role in Saddam Hussein's capture". Lebanon Democrat. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wright State University Communications and Marketing". Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hicks, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Republican Mark Green victorious over incumbent Sen. Barnes". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bonecutter, Hank (December 21, 2012). "Tennessee State Senator Elect Mark Green Introduces First Bill » Clarksville, TN Online". Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Garrison, Joey (July 8, 2013). "Political Notebook: Lawmaker sparks buzz he may challenge Alexander". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Humphrey, Tom (July 14, 2013). "Political notebook: Ramsey, Campfield reject entreaties to oppose Sen. Alexander". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Possible Tennessee governor candidates for 2018". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Keynote Speaker Also Proud Military Veteran". Williamson College. Retrieved 2016-03-05.