TN Delegation Statements on Convening of 114th Congress

Press release from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. 01; January 6, 2015: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released this statement after being sworn in for the 114th Congress:

“Representing the First District in the House of Representatives is a great honor, and I look forward to serving in the 114th Congress. I have many priorities for the upcoming year including: helping constituents cut through red tape and federal bureaucracy, working to promote private-sector job creation and economic growth, stopping the president’s executive amnesty and overreach, continuing oversight of the VA, protecting Tennesseans from Obamacare and cutting the deficit and out-of-control spending – just to name a few. I am truly grateful for the trust placed in me by East Tennesseans, and I vow to work tirelessly to be your voice in Washington and to protect the Constitution. My door is always open, and I encourage you to contact any of my offices if I can be of assistance to you or your family.”

Roe will continue to serve on the Education and the Workforce Committee and chair its Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions; serve on the House Veterans Affairs Committee; and co-chair the GOP Doctors Caucus. The Congressman will also continue serving constituents in the First District with offices in Kingsport, Morristown, and Washington, DC. Contact information for all of Rep. Roe’s offices can be found at

Press release from U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. 03; January 6, 2015:

WASHINGTON− This afternoon, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann was sworn in to the 114th Congress as the representative for the Third District of Tennessee. After taking the oath of office on the House floor, Rep. Fleischmann made the following statement.

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the 114th Congress. This new Congress gives us the opportunity to prioritize Americans’ needs and achieve productive reform. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to implement positive changes for the benefit of our country.”

 Press release from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn. 05; January 6, 2015:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) made the following remarks today after being sworn in as part of the 114th Congress:

“Congress must come together for the good of the country. Our job is to keep America number one and to give hardworking citizens a chance to succeed. The economy is making progress, but wages are flat and living expenses are soaring. Congress should work to reverse those trends and preserve America’s greatness.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; January 6, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today was sworn in to the 114th Congress, beginning her seventh term representing Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

“During the last Congress, I led the fight in the House to pass conservative bills that offered real solutions to the challenges we face as a nation. Now we have a Republican Senate to join us in this endeavor. Conservatives have a real opportunity here to affect change in Washington. In order to accomplish conservative goals, we must now be united in the fight against Barack Obama and his failed policies.

“It is a privilege to once again represent the people of Tennessee’s 7th District in the 114th Congress. I hear on a daily basis from constituents who have grown tired of Washington bureaucrats meddling in their lives. I share their frustration and look forward to getting to work on solutions that will help get the federal government off the backs and out of the pockets of the American people.”

During the 114th Congress, Blackburn will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and as a member of the House Budget Committee.

Press release from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. 09; January 6, 2015:

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was sworn into the 114th Congress by Speaker of the House John Boehner in the U.S. Capitol today. The swearing-in marks the official beginning of Congressman Cohen’s fifth term representing the Ninth District of Tennessee in Congress.

“I am honored that the citizens of the Ninth District have given me an opportunity to represent them in the United States House of Representatives for a fifth term,” said Congressman Cohen.  “As the 114th Congress begins, I look forward to continuing my work to create jobs, make college more affordable, support minority-owned businesses, expand health care coverage to more citizens, protect voting rights, honor our veterans, and fight for civil rights.”

Congressman Cohen starts his fifth term following a very productive fourth term in which he worked closely with President Obama and with Congressional Republicans to deliver several accomplishments to the citizens of the Ninth District. During the 113th Congress, Cohen secured an additional $5 million in federal funding to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, announced nearly $20 million for job training and creation programs, and helped pass the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act to allow the Memphis VA Medical Center hire more doctors and reduce wait times. Several of the Congressman’s recommendations to the President were also confirmed for federal positions by the Senate, including District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman and TVA Board Members V. Lynn Evans and Ron Walter.

During his third term, Congressman Cohen was successful in getting bipartisan legislation he authored — the National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011 – signed into law.  The measure created an exception to the means test’s presumption of abuse for members of the National Guard and Reserve who, after September 11, 2001, served on active duty or in a homeland defense activity for at least 90 days. During his second term, Congressman Cohen’s bipartisan Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act was signed into law.  The measure protects American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign defamation judgments that undermine the First Amendment and American due process standards.

A seasoned and experienced legislator from his 24 years serving in the Tennessee Senate, Congressman Cohen quickly gained distinction during his freshman term for his legislative work. During his first term Representative Nancy Pelosi, then the Speaker of the House, called him “the conscience of the freshman class.”