David Phillip "Phil" Roe, MD (born July 21, 1945) 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.
Early life, education, and career
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.
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. He then went into OB/GYN practice in Johnson City, retiring after 31 years.
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe presented the Bronze and Silver Congressional Medals to Morristown native Joanna Suich. The 21-year-old is two-thirds of the way through completing the entire program, which is open to young people ages 14 to 23.
Suich learned about the program in 2008 from a family friend, Shirley Goggans, and was intrigued by the opportunity.
“I love to do new things. I thought it would be a great opportunity to serve others,” she said.
The Congressional Award is a non-competitive, voluntary program with four diverse program areas that encourage youth to explore new areas of ...
Representative Phil Roe retired from his medical career to go to Congress, but on Tuesday he put his doctor skills to use to help save a man's life at a Charlotte, North Carolina airport.
The Tennessee Republican said he was drinking a cup of coffee and chatting with Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport when he heard someone shouting for a doctor.
Roe ran over to a man lying on the floor.
"I couldn't feel a pulse," Roe told Reuters by telephone from Washington. "It looked like he was taking his last breaths."
Roe and another woman ...
Congressman Roe doesn’t want to spend taxpayer dollars but he’s happy to dole it out. This is exactly the kind of sham leadership that has Tennesseans so frustrated with the Republican Congress.
Roe voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — also known as the stimulus package.
That didn’t seem to bother him in Greenville, where he handed out a $1.3 million check paid for by stimulus funds.
Skyrocketing Premiums Further Proof Affordable Care Act is Unaffordable Last week, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance approved double-digit premium increases for Tennesseans who purchase their insurance through the exchanges created by Obamacare. These premium increases ranged from 44 percent to 62 percent, and Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak told The Tennessean these premium increases were necessary, in part, because the exchange market in Tennessee is “very near collapsing.” While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must still approve these specific rates, hefty increases are all but guaranteed. The numbers don’t lie: Obamacare is an abysmal failure and Tennesseans are suffering because of the president’s flawed health care law.
Unfortunately, skyrocketing premiums are one of the many predictions I made about the president’s health care law when it was passed. Ironically, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made health care even less affordable, leaving people across the country with higher insurance bills and fewer c
Democrats Blocking Zika Bills as the Virus Spreads Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the first cases of locally-acquired Zika had been diagnosed in Miami, Florida. Up to this point, patients diagnosed with Zika in the United States had been infected while traveling, including 23 Tennesseans as of August 1. The cases diagnosed in Florida last week, however, were acquired locally. This is no longer just a concern to travelers; the Zika virus has arrived in the United States and we need to take action. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats continue to play politics, casting blame on Republicans in Congress for inaction while failing to acknowledge how they’ve repeatedly blocked commonsense proposals to prepare for the inevitable spread of Zika.
As an OBGYN, I am extremely concerned for patients who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, especially pregnant women. Pregnant woman with the virus can pass it along to their unborn child, which can cause serious birth defects like Microcephaly and oth
An Update on the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Last year, the Tennessee Department of Health announced that opioid overdoses in the state of Tennessee had reached epidemic proportions. In 2014, at least 1,263 Tennesseans died of an overdose, meaning more Tennesseans died from drug overdoses than car accidents. As a physician, I know some patients need help managing pain, but we must ensure medications are prescribed responsibly and any unused or expired medications are disposed of properly. We also need to take steps to protect children in the womb and to reduce prescription fraud. That’s why I’m proud to report that on July 22, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 into law. This important bill will provide states like Tennessee critical resources to fight opioid abuse and overdoses. As I’ve said before, there is no silver bullet. This bill won’t solve all our problems overnight, but it’s a good start and I’m proud to have supported the bill when it passed the House with bipartisan
Care Report Highlights Need for Changes at VA Last month the Commission on Care released their final report recommending ways Congress and the administration can make the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) work better for our nation’s veterans. The report was required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill I helped negotiate. Throughout the August district work period, I’ve been studying the report and talking with veterans in East Tennessee. While many are pleased with the care they’ve received through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it’s clear there is still much work to do to make timely and quality care accessible to all veterans who receive their care through the VA.
The Commission’s report included 18 recommendations, some of which I agree with, others I am not sure about. One thing is clear: the VA needs to undergo dramatic changes to effectively serve our growing veteran population. Despite the work we’ve done in Congress, there are still far too many veterans struggl