Scott DesJarlais

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Scott DesJarlais
Scott DesJarlais.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorLincoln Davis (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$548,005
Office website
Campaign website

Scott DesJarlais (b. February 21, 1964, in Des Moines, Iowa) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 4th district. DesJarlais was first elected in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012.

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

DesJarlais is set to run for re-election in 2014. As of July 2013, he faces Republican primary challenges from state Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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

  • 1987: Graduated from University of South Dakota
  • 1991: Graduated from University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S. Dak.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House


DesJarlais serves on the following committees:[3]



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."[4]

Political positions

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 defending 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."[5]

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. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[7]



See also: Tennessee's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

DesJarlais ran for re-election in 2014.[2] He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Tennessee's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

DesJarlais was re-elected.[8] DesJarlais was re-elected in 2012 to the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 4th District. DesJarlais defeated Shannon Kelley in the August 2 Republican primary. He faced Eric Stewart (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named DesJarlais one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[10]

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's 4th Congressional District 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

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[12]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DesJarlais's reports.[13]

Scott DesJarlais (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]4/15/2013$9,336.73$113,531.90$(35,441.74)$87,426.89
July Quarterly[15]7/17/2013$87,426.89$39,187.93$(38,253.40)$88,361.42
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of DesJarlais' campaign funds before the 2012 election.
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.[16]


DesJarlais won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, DesJarlais's campaign committee raised a total of $938,711 and spent $923,280.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DesJarlais 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, DesJarlais missed 9 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to .5%, 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. Desjarlais paid his congressional staff a total of $573,613 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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, DesJarlais's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $171,013 and $924,997. That averages to $548,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 9.27% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Desjarlais' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $153,009 to $849,996. That averages to $501,502.50 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. DesJarlais was 1 of 3 members who ranked 59th 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. DesJarlais ranked 131st in the conservative rankings.[24]

Percentage voting with party


Scott DesJarlais voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 137th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[25]


Scott DesJarlais is married to Amy. They have 3 children.

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 DeJarlais pressured his mistress into obtaining an abortion. According to the transcript, DesJarlais, who is a pro-life doctor, was trying to save his marriage. When confronted with the transcript, DeJarlais did not deny its contents, but instead characterized the story as a "desperate personal attack."[26] In the phone transcript, DeJarlais says, "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." DeJarlais blames the woman for becoming pregnant, saying, "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."[26]

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."[27]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "DesJarlais," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1, "Congressman Scott DesJarlais plans to launch re-election campaign Aug. 7 ," Jul 24, 2013
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Scott DesJarlais for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
  5. Chattanooga Times Free Press "Congressman Scott DesJarlais spends $224,000 on mailings" Accessed March 16, 2012
  6. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed March 21, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  9. Associated Press primary results
  10. The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Scott DesJarlais," Accessed April 2, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "DesJarlais Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  14. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  15. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "DesJarlais Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Scott DesJarlais 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Scott DesJarlais," Accessed June 26, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "DesJarlais," Accessed April 10, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Scott Eugene Desjarlais," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21., "DesJarlais (R-Tenn), 2011"
  22., "Scott Eugene Desjarlais (R-Tenn), 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
  26. 26.0 26.1 Huffington Post, "Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion," October 10, 2012
  27. Huffington Post, "Scott DesJarlais: Mistress Was Not Pregnant, No Abortion," October 11, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Lincoln Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 4
Succeeded by