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Record and controversies
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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.
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. 
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." 
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Marsha Blackburn from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Marsha Blackburn from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Marsha Blackburn from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- 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
District Office- Clarksville:
1850 Memorial Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043
District Office- Franklin:
City Hall Mall
109 Third Avenue South, Suite 117
Franklin, TN 37064
District Office- Memphis:
7975 Stage Hills Boulevard, Suite 1
Memphis, TN 38133
Articles and resources
- Blackburn Cash Goes to Son-in-Law by Bartholomew Sullivan, Memphis Commercial Appeal, 2/19/06.
- Blackburn in spotlight at GOP meeting by Bonna de la Cruz, Tennessean, 3/11/06.
- Official website
- Campaign website
- Technorati Search: Marsha Blackburn
- Google News Search: Marsha Blackburn
- Yahoo! News Search: Marsha Blackburn
- Power Trips: How much did Marsha Blackburn travel?
- GovTrack Statistics: Marsha Blackburn
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
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|Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Tennessee Senate, Executive Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission
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Date of Birth: June 6, 1952
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