New Members 2010 - Tennessee

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REP.-ELECT CHUCK FLEISCHMANN (R-TENN.-03)

Date of Birth: Oct. 11, 1962
Birthplace: New York City
Residence: Ooltewah, Tenn.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., University of Tennessee
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Brenda; three children

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Chuck Fleischmann won the seat vacated by former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), who left Congress to run for governor but lost in the Republican primary. Fleischmann moved to Tennessee in 1987 and practiced law for 23 years at his own firm, Fleischmann and Fleischmann, in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. During the campaign he focused on problems in the healthcare law and stressed concerns about the national debt.

Fleischmann may be the only member of the incoming House class who can list radio host and auctioneer on his résumé. As host of “The Chuck Fleischmann Show” in Chattanooga, Fleischmann provided free legal advice to callers. He has also served as an auctioneer on local television.


REP.-ELECT SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TENN.-04)

Date of Birth: Feb. 21, 1964
Birthplace: Sturgis, S.D.
Residence: Jasper, Tenn.
Occupation: Physician (general practitioner)
Education: B.S., University of South Dakota; M.D., South Dakota School of Medicine
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Amy; three children


Scott DesJarlais unseated four-term Blue Dog Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) to take the state’s 4th congressional district.

Born in South Dakota to a barber and a nurse, DesJarlais moved to Tennessee to practice medicine in 1993. He’s never held public office.

A general practitioner, he campaigned with support from the Tea Party and ran on the traditional conservative planks of family values, the Second Amendment and opposition to abortion.

But it was his positions against healthcare reform, corporate bailouts and government spending that seemed to resonate most deeply with voters in the conservative district. (Washington, he says, is “firmly on a path toward socialism.”)


REP.-ELECT DIANE BLACK (R-TENN.-06)

Date of Birth: Jan. 16, 1951
Birthplace: Baltimore
Residence: Gallatin, Tenn.
Occupation: Registered nurse, small business owner
Education: A.S.N., Anne Arundel College; B.S.N., Belmont University 
Previous Office Held: State senator
Family: Husband, David; three children

Diane Black, a conservative Republican and longtime Tennessee state legislator, will assume the seat that was held for 26 years by Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon, who retired. Though she barely squeaked through the Republican primary, Black’s first term in Congress was essentially secure after several high-profile Democratic candidates declined to run against her.

Immigration has become a big issue in Black’s Tennessee district. She has highlighted legislation she sponsored in the state senate that would require jailers to check the immigration status of anyone arrested for possible deportation. A career nurse, Black has also argued for the replacement of the Democratic healthcare law. She has proposed alternatives such as allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines and creating new tax deductions for medical costs. 


REP.-ELECT STEPHEN FINCHER (R-TENN.-08)

Date of Birth: Feb. 7, 1973
Birthplace: Memphis, Tenn.
Residence: Frog Jump, Tenn.
Occupation: Farmer, businessman
Education: None
Previous Office Held: State senator
Family: Wife, Lynn; three children

Stephen Fincher finds himself holding public office for the first time after beating the incumbent Rep. John Tanner (D). Fincher won the GOP nomination after an intense primary season in which Tea Party-backed opponents blasted him for accepting roughly $200,000 in farm subsidies each year. He also faced skepticism from GOP voters after the NRA endorsed his opponent, state Sen. Roy Herron.

Fincher is the managing partner of a farming operation that produces cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans. He played up his community ties during the campaign, highlighting his membership in a gospel group that was started by his grandmother and touting his work with a youth baseball association and local charities.


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