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Rep. Scott DesJarlais

Representative for Tennessee’s 4th District

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DesJarlais is the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. DesJarlais is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 58 years old.

Elections must be decided by counting votes

Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided instead by incumbent politicians running in the very same election. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.


DesJarlais was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. Shortly after the election, DesJarlais joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, DesJarlais voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors.
Photo of Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R-TN4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DesJarlais is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills DesJarlais has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Feb 2, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

DesJarlais sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (37%) Health (26%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Education (11%) Animals (11%)

Recently Introduced Bills

DesJarlais recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

DesJarlais voted Yea

DesJarlais voted Nay

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DesJarlais voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

DesJarlais voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

DesJarlais voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

DesJarlais voted Not Voting

DesJarlais voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2022, DesJarlais missed 342 of 7,297 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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