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Phil Roe
Phil Roe.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 1
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorDavid Davis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.81 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryAugust 7, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,938,717
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Johnson City, Tennessee
Vice Mayor, Johnson City, Tennessee
Planning Commissioner, Johnson City
Bachelor'sAustin Peay State University, 1967
M.D.University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1973-1974
Date of birthJuly 21, 1945
Place of birthClarksville, TN
Net worth$4,234,361.50
Office website
Campaign website

Phil Roe (b. July 21, 1945, in Clarksville, Tennessee) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 1st District. Roe was first elected in 2008. He won re-election in 2012. He ran for re-election in 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Roe was active in Johnson City, Tennessee's, local government, including serving two years as mayor of the town.[1]

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


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

  • 1967: Graduated from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.
  • 1970: Graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • 1973-1974: United States Army
  • 2003-2008: Served as a member, Johnson City, Tenn., board of commissioners
  • 2003-2007: Served as vice mayor, Johson City, Tenn.
  • 2007-2009: Served as mayor, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • 2009-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Roe serves on the following committees:[2]


Roe served on the following committees:


Legislative actions

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.[3] For more information pertaining to Roe's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security


Voted "Yes" Roe supported 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.[5]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Roe supported 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.[5]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Roe opposed 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.[5]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Roe supported 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.[6] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[5]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.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.[7] 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.[8][9] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[9] Roe voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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.[10][11] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[11] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[12] 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. Roe voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[10]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Roe supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Roe voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Roe voted against HR 2775.[19]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Roe 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Roe supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Roe 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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Roe 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.[24]

Campaign themes


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

  • Energy: ."..achieving energy independence should be a job creator, not a job killer."
  • Taxes: .".. believes our tax rates are too high and our tax code is too complex."
  • Healthcare: ."..enact health care reform that would lower costs and improve the quality of care."[25]

Presidential preference


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

Phil Roe endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]



See also: Tennessee's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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


See also: Tennessee's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Roe was re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 1st District.[27] Roe ran unopposed in the August 2, 2012 Republican primary. He faced Alan Woodruff (D), Karen Brackett (I) and Michael Salyer (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Alan Woodruff 19.9% 47,663
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Roe Incumbent 76% 182,252
     Green Robert N Smith 1.2% 2,872
     Independent Karen Brackett 2% 4,837
     Independent Michael Salyer 0.9% 2,048
Total Votes 239,672
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roe is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Roe raised a total of $1,938,717 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[31]

Phil Roe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 1) Won $706,755
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 1) Won $518,529
2008 US House (Tennessee, District 1) Won $713,433
Grand Total Raised $1,938,717


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Roe's reports.[32]


Breakdown of the source of Roe's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Roe won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Roe's campaign committee raised a total of $706,756 and spent $511,316.[38]

Cost per vote

Roe spent $2.81 per vote received in 2012.


Roe won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Roe's campaign committee raised a total of $518,529 and spent $346,589.[39]

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.[40]

Roe most often votes with:

Roe 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, Roe is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 25, 2013.[41]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Roe missed 24 of 3,353 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to .7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Roe paid his congressional staff a total of $931,348 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.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Roe's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,653,367 to $4,815,356. That averages to $4,234,361.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Roe ranked as the 86th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44]

Phil Roe Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
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.

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. Roe ranked 115th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45]


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. Roe ranked 142nd in the conservative rankings.[46]

Voting with party


Roe voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time, which ranked 86th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]


Roe and his wife, Pam, have three children and two grandchildren.[48]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Roe," accessed June 25, 2013
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Zoe Lofgren's Voting Records on National Security," accessed August 27, 2013
  6. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  7. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  8. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. Vote Smart, "Roe on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House republicans push through Farm Bill, without food stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Roe's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Roe's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Roe on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Phil Roe for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 10, 2012
  26. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed December 22, 2011
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  28. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Phil Roe," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Roe 2014 Summary Reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Roe Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Roe Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "David P. Roe 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Phil Roe," accessed August 6, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Phil Roe," accessed June 25, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Roe," accessed April 10, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Phil Roe," accessed September 18, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets, "Roe, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. Roe for Congress, "About Phil," accessed April 15, 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 1
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