Congressman Marsha Blackburn is confirmed to speak during the National Conservative Student Conference, to be held August 2-7, in Washington, D.C.
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is an established, conservative, results-oriented legislator who solves
problems. She was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives at the
start of the 108th Congress where she was one of only a few
newly-elected congressmen selected to serve as an assistant whip on the
majority whip team and the first female in Tennessee elected in her own
right to the US House.
Blackburn was elected State Senator in 1998, becoming the first woman
to represent Tennessee's 23rd Senate District. While in the Tennessee
Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat the
proposed state income tax. Her frequent appearances on talk radio and
positive mention in national publications like the Wall Street Journal
made her a recognized national anti-tax and government reform advocate.
She quickly earned a reputation for keeping her legislative focus on
defending and expanding individual freedom and free enterprise.
Blackburn willingly accepts the responsibility of helping shape
American fiscal policy as a member of the exclusive House Energy &
Commerce Committee. For 208 years, the Committee on Energy and
Commerce, the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House
of Representatives, has served as the principal guide for the House in
matters relating to the promotion of commerce and to the public’s
health and marketplace interests. The 111th Congress mark's Blackburn's
third consecutive term on the panel.
Representing both a portion of metropolitan Nashville and the suburbs
of Memphis, Blackburn has strong ties with some of the nation’s premier
songwriters and performers. In 2003, Blackburn founded the
Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the nation’s creative
community access to Capitol Hill. The caucus focuses on the protection
of intellectual property and tax policy.
Blackburn was selected to serve as an Assistant Majority Whip in the
108th Congress, an Assistant Minority Whip for the 109th Congress, and
Deputy Whip 110th Congress. Whip Eric Cantor asked Congressman
Blackburn to continue her service as a Deputy Whip for the 111th
In the 110th Congress she served as the Communications Chairman for the
Republican Study Committee, a large group of fiscal conservatives.
A graduate of Mississippi State University and a small business owner,
Blackburn has been actively involved in Tennessee grassroots politics
and civic organizations for more than 25 years. Blackburn was born on
June 6, 1952. Marsha and Chuck Blackburn have been married for
thirty-two years. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel, and Chad
Blackburn; and two grandsons.