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Candidate for
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Campaign website
John Anderson was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee.[1]


Anderson attended the University of California, Santa Barbara graduating cum laude with a Bachelor's in anthropology with mathematics in 1970.[2][1]

Following graduation, Anderson soon began his teaching career taking his first teaching job in 1972. He has been a schoolteacher since that time. He currently teaches in Bedford County, Tennessee.[2]

As an educator, Anderson fought against Race to the Top and the Common Core federal takeover of Tennessee schools. He also conducted research on Race to the Top and received written commendation from the Director Emeritus of Institute for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additionally, he conducted research on standardized testing which was cited by the National Board of Educational Testing and Public Policy in 2003.[1]

Although this is Anderson's first time running for office, he has participated in politics in the past. He rode his bicycle from Bell Buckle, Tennessee to Kennebunkport, Maine to tell then President George W. Bush his opinion about what ordinary Americans thought. Later, he participated in the campaign to remove Bart Gordon from Congress because Gordon supported the Affordable Care Act. He also worked with Tea Party group Volunteers for Virginia during the 2012 presidential campaign.[1]


Campaign issues


Anderson listed the following issues on his biographical submission form:[2]

  • Term limits: " Congress will consist of normal people who go to Washington for 2 - 4 years (House) or 6 years (Senate) and then return home to resume their lives."
  • Transparency: "We are going to use the best modern technology (cameras and microphones, transmitted via internet) to remove all secrecy from Congress. Except for special cases involving necessarily secret deliberations (defense, etc.), absolutely all activity anywhere within the Capitol will be viewable by the public. Absolutely all deliberations will be required to be conducted on camera. (CSPAN is archaic technology. This will be modern, elaborate, thorough, and user-friendly. Secrecy in the Capitol will not be possible.) All bills will be read aloud carefully in public view, and no representative will vote on a bill the full reading of which they have not attended. All documents and communications will be easily, immediately, publicly accessible. Every aspect of Congress will be absolutely transparent."



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

Anderson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 4th District. Anderson sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 John Anderson for Congress: "About," accessed November 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on November 6, 2013