Marsha Wedgeworth Blackburn (born June 6, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district, serving since 2003. She is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis.
Early life, education and career
Born Marsha Wedgeworth in Laurel, Mississippi, Blackburn attended Northeast Jones High School and graduated from Mississippi State University where she joined Chi Omega, and where she also spent a few summers working with the Southwestern Company. She owned and operated a marketing company in Williamson County Tennessee.
Early political career
Blackburn began her political career in 1977 as a founding member of the Williamson County Young Republicans. She served as chairwoman of the ...
Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says her family's holiday will be bright. She's filling Christmas stockings with light bulbs.
Incandescent, of course.
The Brentwood Republican has backed a provision to cut funding for an energy efficiency law scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, effectively ending the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs. The statute requires new bulbs of 100 watts be 27 times more energy efficient.
A statement provided to The Tennessean by a Blackburn staffer said the old pear-shaped incandescent bulbs are "scheduled to go away at the end of the ...
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America’s tech sector remains unrivaled around the world — a true bright spot in our otherwise stagnant economy. That’s the message I took away from the Consumer Electronics Show last week, where I met some of America’s best and brightest tech leaders and innovators.
For this sector to drive U.S.-based prosperity, Congress must pass spectrum reform legislation to end the FCC’s decades-long mismanagement of this vital resource. In short, mobile users need more spectrum. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase first demonstrated more than 50 years ago, the ...
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's 7th Congressional District -- which includes Germantown and much of Collierville and Bartlett -- would move out of Shelby and Fayette counties under proposed new redistricting plans released Friday by the Tennessee legislature.
In return, the 8th Congressional District now represented by Rep. Stephen Fincher will move much deeper into eastern Shelby County than it currently does, and the Memphis-based 9th Congressional District will extend upward to include the northwestern corner of Shelby County.
State House Speaker Beth Harwell said the congressional map ...
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Blackburn Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
“The President has an obligation to provide the American people with his plans to solve the problems we face as a country. Unfortunately, President Obama’s actions have rarely lived up to his lofty rhetoric.
“We do not have a revenue problem; Washington has a spending problem. For five years President Obama has promised cuts, but has failed to deliver when it comes to specifics about how he will work with Congress to reduce the deficits that are crushing hard-working taxpayers.
“Actions speak louder than words and it is my hope that in 2013 the President will finally come to the table and work with us on serious solutions to solve the debt crisis and get our nation’s economy back on track. A good first step would be for the President to submit a sensible budget that American families can support.”
Blackburn Is Leading Conservative Female Voice In House
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) ranks as the most conservative female House member, according to the annual Congressional Vote Ratings that will be released by National Journal on Thursday. With a score of 96.5, Blackburn ranks as the 3rd most conservative member in the House of Representatives.
“In a town where there is often too much talk and not enough action, I'm grateful to be recognized for my efforts in leading the fight in Washington to help protect the core conservative values shared by my constituents in Tennessee: faith, family, freedom, hope, and opportunity.”
Whether it was leading the fight against the state income tax during her time in the Tennessee Senate or her efforts in Congress to reduce out-of-control spending, Blackburn has made a name for herself throughout her career by standing up for conservative principles and less government.
Congressman Blackburn serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and holds a
Blackburn Statement on House Passage of “Require a PLAN Act”
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today issued the following statement in support of the “Require a PLAN Act,” which would require the President to explain to the American people how he intends to balance the budget.
“For the fourth time in five years, President Obama has violated the law by failing to submit a budget on time. It has been 1,376 days since Senate Democrats last passed a budget. Even worse, the government spends $1 trillion more than it takes in every year. We can’t afford to keep that up.
“The Democrats who run Washington don’t seem to get it. Our nation is in the midst of a debt crisis. We owe it to hard-working Americans to ensure their tax dollars are being spent in a fiscally responsible manner.
“A balanced budget is important to seniors who rely on the benefits they’ve paid for and earned, to middle-class Americans who already pay too much in taxes, and to our children, whose future can only be secured by the federal government g
Blackburn Criticizes TSA for Sequester-Eve Uniform Surprise
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today criticized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano for spending $50 million on new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uniforms just days before sequestration went into effect.
According to reports from CNS News, the Transportation Security Administration signed a deal in late February to purchase new uniforms for its agents at a cost of $50 million to the American taxpayers. This deal comes on the heels of TSA entering into the largest collective bargaining agreement since WWII.
Under the union negotiated labor agreement, TSA Transportation Security Officers now receive a higher uniform allowance than a combat Marine Lieutenant who receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400. TSA’s new uniform allowance will cost American taxpayers $9.63 million annually.
“I find it deeply disturbing that as Secretary Napolitano is running around scaring people by saying she i