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Charles J. Fleischmann
Charles Fleischmann.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 3
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorZach Wamp (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.86 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 7, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,788,811
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, 1983
J.D.University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1986
BirthdayOctober 11, 1962
Place of birthOoltewah, Tennessee
Net worth$2,528,000
Office website
Campaign website

Charles J. Fleischmann (b. October 11, 1962, in Ooltewah, Tennessee) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee. Fleischmann represents Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District was first elected in 2010. He won re-election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Fleischmann was part of the wave of Republicans first elected in the 2010 midterm elections.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fleischmann is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Fleischmann's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1983: Graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 1986: Graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Fleischmann serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education


Fleischmann served on the following committees:[3]

  • Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Science, Space, and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (Science, Space, and Technology)
  • Small Business
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Fleischmann's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

Syria intervention

As of September 3, 2013, Fleischmann had not decided if he supported strikes on Syria. He said, "So far, the overwhelming opinion of my constituents—and this is subject to change—is to not get involved in a military way in Syria. I'm still listening; I'm still asking people to call in. This is a very important vote, and this is absolutely something that I'm going to continue to do up until the time of the vote—listening to my constituents." He added, "We're in a region of the world that is extremely dangerous. It is literally a tinderbox, and the unforeseen consequences without a plan or with a plan could lead to an escalation of hostilities we can't control. That gives me pause, hesitancy and concern as I approach this process."[6]


Voted "Yes" Fleischmann 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Fleischmann voted in opposition of 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2014 Farm bill

Voted "No" 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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Fleischmann voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% 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. Fleischmann voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Fleischmann voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[20] 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. Fleischmann voted against HR 2775.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Fleischmann 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Fleischmann 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Campaign themes


According to Fleischmann's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "The adoption of policies that promote business investment, lower taxes and reduce the regulatory burdens on business will create the strong economic force needed to turn our economy around."
  • Energy: "It is imperative to our national security that the United States becomes energy independent."
  • Education: "Tennessee needs an education system that provides its students with the skills that are necessary to compete and succeed in life."[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

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

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Fleischmann is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Fleischmann received a score of 35 percent on personal issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
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 Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[28]

Campaign themes


According to Fleischmann's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "The adoption of policies that promote business investment, lower taxes and reduce the regulatory burdens on business will create the strong economic force needed to turn our economy around."
  • Energy: "It is imperative to our national security that the United States becomes energy independent."
  • Education: "Tennessee needs an education system that provides its students with the skills that are necessary to compete and succeed in life."[29]



See also: Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Fleischmann is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmann is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


  • Scottie Mayfield, a former dairy executive, endorsed Fleischmann.[30]


See also: Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Fleischmann was re-elected in 2012.[31] Fleischmann was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmann had sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 5, 2012. He faced Mary Headrick (D) and Matthew Deniston (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that noted the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Fleischmann was the 3rd most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[33] The article cited competition from Weston Wamp in the primary as the main reason for his vulnerability.[33]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Headrick 35.5% 91,094
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles J. Fleischmann Incumbent 61.5% 157,830
     Independent Matthew Deniston 3.1% 7,905
Total Votes 256,829
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Fleischmann Incumbent 39.1% 29,947
Ron Bhalla 1.2% 926
Weston Wamp 28.7% 21,997
Scottie Mayfield 31% 23,779
Total Votes 76,649

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fleischmann is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fleischmann raised a total of $2,788,811 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[35]

Charles Fleischmann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 3) Won $1,412,229
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 3) Won $1,376,582
Grand Total Raised $2,788,811


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fleischmann's reports.[36]

Charles Fleischmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$21,214.65$99,942.00$(12,376.31)$108,780.34
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$108,780.34$200,210.00$(87,602.34)$221,388.00
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$221,388.00$95,880.00$(67,045.59)$250,222.41
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$250,222$196,574$(41,162)$405,634
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$405,634.91$305,270.00$(70,860.04)$640,044.87
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Fleischmann's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Fleischmann won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Fleischmann's campaign committee raised a total of $1,412,229 and spent $1,398,210.[42]

Cost per vote

Fleischmann spent $8.86 per vote received in 2012.


Fleischmann won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Fleischmann's campaign committee raised a total of $1,376,582 and spent $1,345,924.[43]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3, 2010 - Charles Fleischmann Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,376,582
Total Spent $1,345,924
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Charles Fleischmann's campaign committee
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Wright Brothers Construction$9,600
Krystal Co$9,150
Gibco Construction$6,800
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$68,350
Leadership PACs$45,000
Real Estate$40,800
General Contractors$38,550
Health Professionals$30,700

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 four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, Fleischmann's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,996,004 to $3,059,996. That averages to $2,528,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Fleischmann ranked as the 124th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2009 and 2012, Fleischmann's calculated net worth[45] decreased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Charles Fleischmann Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-6%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
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.


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.[49]

Fleischmann most often votes with:

Fleischmann least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fleischmann is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[50]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fleischmann missed 31 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fleischmann paid his congressional staff a total of $847,577 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 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.[52]

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. Fleischmann was 1 of 2 members who ranked 86th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53]


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. Fleischmann was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 21st in the conservative rankings.[54]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Fleischmann has voted with the Republican Party 99.5% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]


Fleischmann and his wife, Brenda, have three sons.[56]

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See also

External links

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  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Tennessee, "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013
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  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Chuck for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 10, 2012
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  29. Chuck for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 10, 2012
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  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  32. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Washingotn Post, "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries," accessed April 1, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Fleischmann Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Fleischmann Campaign Contributions," accessed March 1, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Charles J. Fleischmann 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  44. OpenSecrets, "Fleischmann, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. OpenCongress, "Charles Fleischmann," accessed August 6, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Charles Fleischmann," accessed June 26, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Fleischmann," accessed April 10, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Charles J. Fleischmann," accessed September 18, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  56. Chuck for Congress, "About," accessed April 15, 2014
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Preceded by
Zach Wamp
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 3
Succeeded by