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U.S. Representative

Marsha Blackburn (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for TN-07

Confirmed: Credo Amouzouvik, Marsha Blackburn
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for TN-07)
On the Web
Official website

Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, has represented the Seventh Congressional District of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 1 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 5 - 1/20 10 - 2/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 72 - 13/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Born June 6, 1952 in Laurel, Mississippi, Blackburn began her political career in 1977 as a founding member of the Williamson County Young Republicans. She served as chairwoman of the Williamson County Republican Party from 1989 to 1991.

Blackburn's elective political career began in 1992, when she won the Republican nomination for the 6th District, which at the time included her home in Brentwood. She lost by 16 points to longtime congressman Bart Gordon. In 1995, she was appointed chairwoman of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. She won elective office for the first time in 1998, when she was elected to the Tennessee State Senate from Williamson County. She led efforts to prevent the passage of a state income tax championed by Governor Don Sundquist.

Congressional career

The 2002 reapportionment moved Blackburn's home from the 6th District into the 7th District. After a tough primary, she easily won the general election, becoming the first Tennessee woman elected to Congress in her own right. She was unopposed for reelection in 2004.

Blackburn is a staunch conservative and received National Journal's "highest conservative voting rank for any female member of Congress and placed tenth overall in the House." She is ant-tax and pro-business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded here the 2004 "spirit of enterprise" award, Americans for Tax Reform called Blackburn a "taxpayer hero" in 2003, The Small Business Survival Committee named her a "small business advocate" in 2003, and she scored a perfect 100 in the American Shareholders Association 2003 ranking. She also stands for "family values." The Family Research Council gave Blackburn the "true blue" award for the first half of the 108th Congress. [1]

Blackburn is considered by some to have appreciably more influence than is typical of a two-term legislator. She was selected to serve as an assistant majority whip and was named a "freshman to watch" by National Journal, while Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, called her a "rising star." [2]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Bill Morrison to face Blackburn in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Blackburn retained her seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Community Health Systems$ 15,000
National HealthCare Corp$ 14,500
Ingram Industries$ 13,500
FedEx Corp$ 12,000
National Assn of Broadcasters$ 10,500
Verizon Communications$ 10,400
AT&T Inc$ 10,250
Altria Group$ 10,000
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons$ 10,000
American Bankers Assn$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Marsha Blackburn
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommitee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommitee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
  • House Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Marsha Blackburn. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 217 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2811 Fax: 202-225-3004
    Webform email
District offices
  • 1850 Memorial Drive, Clarksville, TN 37043
    Ph: 931-503-0391 Fax: (none entered)
  • City Hall Mall, 109 Third Avenue South, Suite 117, Franklin, TN 37064
    Ph: 615-591-5161 Fax: (none entered)
  • 7975 Stage Hills Boulevard, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38133
    Ph: 901-382-5811 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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