Scott Eugene DesJarlais (born February 21, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 4th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and medical career
Scott DesJarlais is the son of Joe DesJarlais, a barber, and Sylvia, a registered nurse for over 44 years at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in South Dakota. He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He was originally from Sturgis, South Dakota, and moved to East Tennessee in 1993. Today, DesJarlais practices medicine at Grand View Medical Center in Jasper, Tennessee.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2009, DesJarlais filed papers to challenge Democratic incumbent Lincoln Davis, as well as Independents Paul H. Curtis, James Gray, Richard S. Johnson, and Gerald York.
In April 2009, the Southern Political Report noted that DesJarlais has "neither held nor sought public office before, which means that until now he has had no experience campaigning and is not widely known in the district."
Polls were mixed leading up to the election, with some favoring Davis and other favoring DesJarlais.
In the November 2 election, DesJarlais defeated Davis, 57%-38%, the second-largest margin of defeat for a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle, making DesJarlais the first challenger to oust an incumbent since the 4th District was created in 1982. The 4th stretches across five television markets, and campaign budgets often rival those of statewide races.
Prior to the 2012 election, the Fourth district was significantly altered as a result of redistricting, putting DesJarlais into the same congressional district as State Sen. Bill Ketron, who has spoken publicly about challenging DesJarlais in the Republican primary in 2012.
The redrawn district contains about half of the constituents who resided in the former the 4th district, with 14 of 24 counties being moved elsewhere by redistricting.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
DesJarlais and his second wife, Amy, have three children: Tyler, Ryan, and Maggie. They live in Jasper, a suburb of Chattanooga. They are active members of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sherwood, Tennessee.
DesJarlais divorced his first wife, Susan, in 2001. They had one child. During their divorce proceedings, Susan DesJarlais alleged that her ex-husband engaged in "violent and threatening behavior"
February 9th, 2012