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Scott DesJarlais
Scott DesJarlais.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorLincoln Davis (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$9.85 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,199,170
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1987
M.D.University of South Dakota, 1991
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1964
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
Net worth$565,505.50
Office website
Campaign website

Scott DesJarlais (b. February 21, 1964, in Des Moines, IA) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 4th District. DesJarlais was first elected in 2010 and most recently won re-election in 2014.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, DesJarlais is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Prior to his election to the U.S. House, DesJarlais worked as a physician.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of DesJarlais' academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Tennessee's 4th Congressional District
  • 1991: Graduated from University of South Dakota, M.D.
  • 1987: Graduated from University of South Dakota, Bachelor's

Committee assignments

U.S. House


DesJarlais serves on the following committees:[3]


DesJarlais served on the following committees:[4]


DesJarlais served on the following committees:

Key votes

114th Congress

Speaker of the House

DesJarlais did not cast his vote for John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House. He voted for Jim Jordan instead.[5]

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to DesJarlais's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Yea3.png DesJarlais voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png DesJarlais voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png DesJarlais voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png DesJarlais voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] DesJarlais voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. DesJarlais joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png DesJarlais voted for July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] DesJarlais voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. DesJarlais voted against HR 2775.[22]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png DesJarlais supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png DesJarlais supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Yea3.png DesJarlais supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Neutral/Abstain On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit, and 225 Republicans voted in favor of the lawsuit.[27] All Democrats voted against the resolution. Scott DesJarlais did not vote.[28][29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png DesJarlais voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]


On The Issues Vote Match

DesJarlais' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, DesJarlais is a Hard-Core Conservative. DesJarlais received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.


See also: United States involvement in Syria

DesJarlais opposed military strikes on Syria in retaliation for Syria's chemical weapon attacks. He said, "My questions were, what is our plan and what is our endgame? And is there a direct threat to America and its allies? … I don't think there's any guarantee that this conflict won't escalate, and I think there would absolutely be unintended consequences. I think it's shortsighted to launch a limited strike without expecting it." He added, "If there is a mass genocide going on, I think the world will act, but right now, the evidence I've looked at does not indicate that what has happened on Aug. 21 would indicate a need for a U.S. strike over the past year. I don't think there was a seminal moment on Aug. 21 that would mandate an American intervention."[33]

Town hall meeting

August 2013 town hall meeting with DesJarlais

During a town hall meeting in August 2013, DesJarlais was asked by an 11-year-old girl what she could do to keep her undocumented father in the U.S. with her. Her father was in the process of being deported, according to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. DesJarlais replied, “Thank you for being here, and thank you for coming forward and speaking…the answer still kinda remains the same: we have laws and we need to follow those laws, and that’s where we’re at.” Following his reply to the girl, the crowd applauded and cheered.[34]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Scott DesJarlais endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [35]

Campaign themes


According to DesJarlais' website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "Entrepreneurs and hard-working Americans should be rewarded and not punished for their achievements."
  • Healthcare: "Americans experience the best healthcare at affordable prices when big insurance and big government aren’t meddlesome middlemen interfering in the doctor patient relationship."
  • Social Security: "We must phase in incremental solutions to give younger generations an opportunity to participate in these programs and to secure their futures, while keeping the promises made to our current seniors 55 and older."[36]



See also: Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

DesJarlais ran for re-election in 2014. In August 2013, Politico labeled DesJarlais the incumbent most likely to lose his primary election. The prediction was wrong. DesJarlais defeated state Sen. Jim Tracy by just 38 votes in the August 7 Republican primary.[14][37] In a written statement Tracy announced on August 25 that he would not ask for a recount.[38] DesJarlais defeated Lenda Sherrell (D) and Robert Doggart (I) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 58.3% 84,781
     Democratic Lenda Sherrell 35.3% 51,338
     Independent Robert Doggart 6.4% 9,238
Total Votes 145,357
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 44.9% 34,793
Jim Tracy 44.8% 34,755
John Anderson 5.9% 4,592
Steve Lane 1.9% 1,483
David Tate 1.2% 938
Michael Warden 0.9% 659
Oluyomi Faparusi 0.4% 284
Total Votes 77,504
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State

Race background

DesJarlais made Roll Call's "Ten Most Vulnerable," list for the third quarter. Roll Call cited personal scandal and a well-funded opponent as the two major reasons for adding him to the list. DesJarlais' 2001 divorce proceedings revealed that he asked his former wife and former mistress to have abortions. In addition, his primary opponent Jim Tracy had raised more money than DesJarlais in November 2013.[40]


See also: Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

DesJarlais was re-elected in 2012 to the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 4th District. DesJarlais defeated Shannon Kelley in the Republican primary. He defeated Eric Stewart (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[41]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Eric Stewart 44.2% 102,022
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 55.8% 128,568
Total Votes 230,590
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 76.8% 36,088
Shannon Kelley 23.2% 10,927
Total Votes 47,015

Campaign mailings

According to the House Statement of Disbursements, between October and December of 2011, DesJarlais spent $224,346.33 on official mailings to constituents - making him number one in the House. In defense of the spending, DesJarlais said, "We decided early on that one of our top priorities would be constituent outreach. This strategy has allowed me to incorporate the opinions and beliefs of 4th District residents into the important issues being debated in Congress."[42]

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events DesJarlais attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for DeJarlais is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, DeJarlais raised a total of $2,199,170 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[44]

Scott DesJarlais's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Tennessee, District 4) Won $1,260,459
2010 U.S. House (Tennessee, District 4) Won $938,711
Grand Total Raised $2,199,170

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


DesJarlais won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, DesJarlais's campaign committee raised a total of $658,971 and spent $643,369.[45] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[46]

Cost per vote

DesJarlais spent $7.59 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4, 2014 - Scott DesJarlais Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $658,971
Total Spent $643,369
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,051,312
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,051,311
Top contributors to Scott DesJarlais's campaign committee
Walker Die Casting$18,850
McKee Foods$15,600
Nhc Healthcare$11,350
Gideon, Cooper & Essary$10,400
American Development Corp$10,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$74,750
Health Professionals$52,550
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$21,350
Lawyers/Law Firms$20,840

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DesJarlais' reports.[47]


DesJarlais won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, DesJarlais' campaign committee raised a total of $1,260,459 and spent $1,266,554.[53]

Cost per vote

DesJarlais spent $9.85 per vote received in 2012.


DesJarlais won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, DesJarlais' campaign committee raised a total of $938,711 and spent $923,280.[54]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, DesJarlais' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $221,014 to $909,997. That averages to $565,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. DesJarlais ranked as the 257th most wealthy representative in 2012.[55] Between 2009 and 2012, DesJarlais' calculated net worth[56] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[57]

Scott DesJarlais Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-2%[58]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). DesJarlais received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[60]

From 2009-2014, 33.58 percent of DesJarlais' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[61]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Scott DesJarlais Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,646,185
Total Spent $2,533,293
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$300,533
Leadership PACs$251,150
Building Materials & Equipment$79,300
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$72,222
% total in top industry11.36%
% total in top two industries20.85%
% total in top five industries33.58%


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[62]

DesJarlais most often votes with:

DesJarlais least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DesJarlais was a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 30, 2014.[63] This was the same rating DesJarlais received in June 2013.[64]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, DesJarlais missed 111 of 2,710 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[65]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Desjarlais paid his congressional staff a total of $573,613 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranked 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[66]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


DesJarlais was one of two members of the House who ranked 4th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[67]


DesJarlais was one of three members of the House who ranked 59th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[68]


DesJarlais ranked 131st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[69]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


DesJarlais voted with the Republican Party 95.3 percent of the time, which ranked 66th among the 233 House Republican members as of July 2014.[70]


DesJarlais voted with the Republican Party 95.6 percent of the time, which ranked 137th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[71]


Scott DesJarlais and his wife, Amy, have 3 children.[72]

DesJarlais had a previous marriage end in divorce in 2001. On October 10, 2012, the Huffington Post obtained the transcript of a September 2000 phone call in which DesJarlais pressured his mistress into obtaining an abortion. According to the transcript, DesJarlais, who is anti-abortion, was trying to save his marriage. When confronted with the transcript, DesJarlais did not deny its contents, but instead he characterized the story as a "desperate personal attack."[73] In the phone transcript, DesJarlais said, "You told me you'd have an abortion, and now we're getting too far along without one...If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let's do it." DesJarlais blamed the woman for becoming pregnant and said, "You lied to me about something that caused us to be in this situation, and that's not my fault, that's yours." The woman responded, "Well, it's your fault for sleeping with your patient."[73]

On October 11, 2012, the day after the transcript became public, DeJarlais said, "I don't mind telling people that there was no pregnancy, and no abortion...But I also don't mind telling people that this was a protracted two-year divorce back in 1999 and 2000. There was some difficult times, for sure."[74]

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  58. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Lincoln Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 4
Succeeded by