Phil Roe (politician)

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Phil Roe
Phil Roe official photo.jpg
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Jeff Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by David Davis
Mayor of Johnson City
In office
Preceded by Steve Darden
Succeeded by Jane Myron
Vice Mayor of Johnson City
In office
Preceded by C. H. Charlton
Succeeded by Jane Myron
Personal details
Born David Phillip Roe
(1945-07-21) July 21, 1945 (age 72)
Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pam Alford (Deceased 2015)
Clarinda Jeanes (2017–present)
Children 3
Education Austin Peay State University (BS)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (MD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1972–1974
Rank US-O4 insignia.svg Major
Unit US Army Medical Corps Branch Plaque.gif U.S. Army Medical Corps

David Phillip Roe (born July 21, 1945) is an American politician and doctor who is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 1st congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in the Tri-Cities area in the northeastern portion of the state. In 2017, Roe became chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Roe was born on July 21, 1945 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1967 and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1972.[1]

After graduating from medical school, Roe served in the United States Army Medical Corps, attached to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea. He was discharged as a major in 1974.[2] He then went into OB/GYN practice in Johnson City, retiring after 31 years, including his work as a physician State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SOFHA). SOFHA was founded in 1997.[3] After first being elected into the U.S. House of Representatives, Roe purchased a 1.8% ownership share of State of Franklin Healthcare Associates Real Estate Partners with property holdings within the Med-Tech Regional Business Park located in the northern section of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Political career[edit]

Roe was first elected to the Johnson City Commission in 2003, serving as vice mayor of Johnson City from 2003–2007 and then as mayor from 2007 to 2009.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Roe defeated incumbent congressman David Davis in the 2008 primary by 500 votes.[5] Davis blamed his loss on votes from Democrats who crossed over to vote for Roe in the open primary.[6] Roe had previously run for the seat in 2006 when 10-year incumbent Bill Jenkins announced his retirement, but lost to Davis in that year's primary.

Roe defeated Democrat Rob Russell, director of the Writing and Communication Center at East Tennessee State University,[7] in the November general election with 72 percent of the vote. However, it was widely presumed that Roe had clinched a seat in Congress with his victory in the primary; Republicans have held the 1st District seat continuously since 1881, and for all but four years since 1859.


Roe won re-election in 2010 with 80.8% of the vote against Democrat Michael Clark.[8]


The 1st is known for giving its congressmen very long tenures in Washington; Roe was only the eighth person to hold the seat in 88 years. In a break from this tradition, Roe promised during his 2008 campaign that he would serve only 12 years (six terms) in the House.

Roe hired Andrew Duke, a former chief of staff for North Carolina Republican congressman Robin Hayes, as his chief of staff.[9] According to National Journal’s 2009 Vote Ratings, he was ranked as the 101st conservative in the House.[10]

On February 5, 2013, Roe introduced the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act (H.R. 503; 113th Congress) into the House. The bill would authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish a memorial to honor members of the armed forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.[11] Roe said "I believe we should honor the commitment of every man and woman that honorably serves this country, and I am proud to see this bill move forward."[12]

During June 2013, WJHL-TV in Johnson City reported that Roe had written a letter to the federal court in Greeneville on the behalf of Dr. William Kincaid, who had plead guilty to one count of receiving in interstate commerce a misbranded drug. Federal prosecutors under the Independent Payment Advisory Board argued that Dr. Kincaid's driving forces for breaking the law were "money and greed" and because that decision by Kincaid created a "substantial risk of harm to patients," prosecutors also said Kincaid should spend the maximum three years behind bars for fraudulently obtaining federal reimbursement as a healthcare provider.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district

Preceded by
Jeff Miller
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bill Posey
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Tom Rooney