By Tamas Mondovics
To clarify the direction of his political future, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe a native of Tennessee, has recently announced that he is seeking re-election this fall.Roe, 72, chairs the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and represents the First Congressional District of Tennessee has been voicing his belief that, “there is a lot of unfinished business left on the table.”
A resident of Johnson City serving his fifth term in Congress, Roe in known for his strong work ethic as he is serving his fifth two-year term in a Republican district that spans the northeastern edge of the state. His opponent so far is Todd McKinley, an Army veteran from Kingsport.
Roe himself a veteran has been an active supporter to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the signature health care reform law pushed by then-President Barack Obama.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1973-74 and was stationed for nine months near the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, in Korea. He also served at an evacuation hospital near Seoul for three months. Roe earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in 1967 and went on and to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. Roe is Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee. He is the co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus and a member of the Health Caucus.
Roe has three children – David C. Roe, John Roe, and Whitney Larkin – and is a proud grandfather. He is a member of Munsey United Methodist Church.
In a statement announcing his reelection Roe stated, “When I first ran for Congress, I wanted to lend my expertise as a doctor to the debate over how to improve our nation’s health care system. As a veteran, I also felt strongly about improving the care and benefits that our nation’s heroes receive. After being selected by my colleagues to chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and to co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I believe I can help ensure East Tennesseans’ voice is heard loud and clear on some of the most important issues facing our region and nation. We are making real progress on behalf of East Tennessee, and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our country. For this reason I’ve decided to seek another term in Congress.
“Over the last year, I believe we’ve made great strides toward comprehensive reform of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Already this Congress, we’ve delivered reforms to bring real accountability to VA, and improved the GI Bill by guaranteeing eligible veterans can utilize the benefit for life. Still, there is a lot of unfinished business left on the table. There are more than 65,000 veterans in the First Congressional District, and I believe they’re counting on me to finish what we’ve started. They deserve a choice in their health care, timely access to the benefits they’ve earned and a VA that works for them.
“East Tennesseans deserve a member of Congress who will stand for their conservative values. Our tax bill has the economy moving in the right direction, and jobs are finally coming back. I look forward to discussing my campaign with you, and I thank East
Tennesseans for their continued support and trust. I would also like to thank my family for their understanding as we’ve worked together over
the last few months to make this decision. They are and will always be my priority, and I could not serve in this way without their love and support.”