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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 4
PredecessorZach Wamp (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,788,811
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, 1983
J.D.University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1986
Date of birthOctober 11, 1962
Place of birthOoltewah, Tennessee
Net worth$2,419,459
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.

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


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."[4]

Specific votes

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.[5]

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]



See also: Tennessee's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Fleischmann was re-elected.[7] Fleischmann was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmanna 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.[8]

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.[9] The article cited competition from Weston Wamp in the primary as the main reason for his vulnerability.[9]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Charles Fleischmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]4/15/2013$21,214.65$99,942.00$(12,376.31)$108,780.34
July Quarterly[14]7/15/2013$108,780.34$200,210.00$(87,602.34)$221,388.00
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.[15]

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.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Fleischmann's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,567,464 and $3,271,454. That averages to $2,419,459, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 11.17% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Fleischmann's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,098,812 to $3,348,803. That averages to $2,723,807.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

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.[23]


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.[24]

Percentage voting with party


Charles J. Fleischmann voted with the Republican Party 99.5% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[25]

Recent news

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Charles J. Fleischmann is married to Brenda. They have 3 children.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress "Fleischmann," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Tennessee "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. Chuck for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 10, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6., "Rep. Scott DesJarlais opposes Syria intervention, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann still undecided", accessed September 3, 2013
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  8. Associated Press primary results
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Washingotn Post "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries" Accessed April 1, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Charles Fleischmann," Accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Fleischmann 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  13. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  14. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Fleischmann Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Charles J. Fleischmann 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. OpenCongress, "Charles Fleischmann," Accessed August 6, 2013
  18. Gov Track "Charles Fleischmann," Accessed June 26, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Fleischmann," Accessed April 10, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Charles J. Fleischmann," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21., "Fleischmann (R-Tenn), 2011"
  22., "Charles J. Fleischmann (R-Tennessee), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Zach Wamp
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 3
Succeeded by