|Address||6103 Murry Lane |
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027, United States
|| June 06, 1952
Nov 03, 2017 07:16pm
Married - Presbyterian -
|Info||Congressman Marsha Blackburn was elected to serve Tennessee's 7th Congressional District in 2002. One of only a few newly-elected congressmen selected to serve as an assistant whip on the majority whip team, Blackburn was also one of two new members named a "freshman to watch" by National Journal. |
A graduate of Mississippi State University and a small business owner, Blackburn has been actively involved in Tennessee grassroots politics and civic organizations for more than 25 years.
In 1995, Blackburn was appointed Executive Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. Under her leadership the commission both reduced its budget and broadened its mission to include interactive technology.
Blackburn was elected State Senator in 1998, becoming the first woman to represent Tennessee's 23rd Senate District. She served as minority whip in the 101st General Assembly and served on the General Welfare, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees.
While in the State Senate, Blackburn amassed an impressive legislative record. She led the successful fight against imposition of a Tennessee state income tax and gained national attention as an anti-tax crusader. Blackburn sponsored legislation to protect the Second Amendment, keep quality childcare affordable, and began work to eliminate a loophole that had allowed illegal aliens to acquire valid Tennessee driver's licenses.
In 2002, the voters sent Blackburn to Washington with her message of protecting personal freedoms and taxpayer dollars. In a seven-person primary Blackburn won more than 40 percent of the vote and in November she was elected with 71 percent of the vote.
As a member of the Judiciary, Government Reform, and Education and the Workforce Committees, Blackburn is well positioned to impact legislation important to Tennesseans. During the 108th Congress, Blackburn will also serve as vice chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency.
Blackburn was born on June 6, 1952. Marsha and Chuck Blackburn have been married for twenty-eight years. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel, 25, and Chad Blackburn, 22.