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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 2020.

Photo of Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R-TN4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for DesJarlais.

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Jul 19, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Scott DesJarlais sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

DesJarlais sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (25%) Animals (25%) Taxation (17%)

Recent Bills

Some of DesJarlais’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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 Nay

DesJarlais voted Not Voting

DesJarlais voted Nay

DesJarlais voted No

DesJarlais voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Jul 2019, DesJarlais missed 306 of 5,841 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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