Phil Roe

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Phil Roe is currently the 1st Congressional District of Tennessee

Phil Roe has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of the State of Tennessee, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Roe supports using coal and available technology to ensure an adequate amount of domestic energy in the short term. However, in the long term, Roe supports tax credits for using non-fossil fuel technology like solar water heaters. [1]


Roe says he will work to balance the budget with reduced spending,lower taxes on top corporations and individuals, and making the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. He supports the fair tax and flat tax proposals. He says he is open to a complete reworking of the tax code. [1]


Roe says he will reduce healthcare costs by streamlining administrative costs. He also says that government "over-regulates and under-delivers". [1]


Roe says that the"best educational system is one directed by parents, teachers and local school boards". He believes in more accountability, school choice and innovation. [1] To promote math and science, Roe says he supports incentives to such as ultra low interest loans and loan forgiveness for those student who will teach math and science.

National Debt

Roe says he will ask the President to form a commission which will study the budget and identify specific items which can be cut by 10-20 percent without hurting the government's vital functions. The commission would cover all branches of government. [1]

Same Sex Marriage

Roe does not support same sex marriage. He would prefer the issue to remain at the state level, but would support a constitutional ban to combat decisions made by judges. [1]


Roe says he will support providing strong assistance and support to veterans and their families. [1]


Roe believes that illegal immigrants should be deported, and the INS should have more funding to do as such. [1]

Minimum Wage

Roe does not support raising the federal minimum wage, but supports creating jobs and opportunities to help those working low-paying jobs. [1]

Foreign Policy

Roe supports the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but says that Americans deserve to know how the wars will be won and that a timetable for withdrawl from Iraq is dangerous for our troops. He supports refocusing the war effort in Afghanistan. [1]


Roe is currently the Mayor of Johnson City, Tennessee.

2008 elections

Roe defeated incumbent Rep. David Davis (D-Tenn.) in the Republican primary.[2][3]. Roe went on to defeat Democratic challenge Robert Russell in November 2008 general elections. [4]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases.

Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Phil Roe. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00028463&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Committees and affiliations


Roe will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


More background data


DC Office:
419 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6356
Fax: (202) 225-5714
Web Email

District Office - Blountville:
PO Box 1176
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: (423) 354-0144
Fax: (423) 354-5714

District Office - Morristown:
1609 College Park Drive, Suite 4
Morristown, TN 37813
Phone: (423) 254-1400
Fax: (423) 254-1403

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Phil discusses the issues with the Bristol Herald Courier
  2. 2008 Race Tracker page on Tennessee's 1st Congressional District
  3. Official Phil Roe for Congress website
  4. "Tennessee 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
mayor of Johnson City
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. PO Box 1176, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: (423) 354-0144 / Fax: (423) 354-5714
2. 1609 College Park Drive, Suite 4, Morristown, TN 37813
Phone: (423) 254-1400 / Fax: (423) 254-1403

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Date of Birth: July 21, 1945