Fifty-three year old Republican Marsha Blackburn ranks with Phil Gingrey as one of the most ideologically conservative and partisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents the 7th Congressional district of Tennessee, stretching from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis. Blackburn's conservatism is somewhat typical of the predominantly white middle class suburbs of Tennessee. She resides in Brentwood, a suburb south of Nashville in Williamson County. Williamson is the wealthiest county in the state. Tennessee's 7th Congressional district also includes rural areas in Middle and West Tennessee, as well as Fort Campbell on the border with Kentucky. Blackburn was born on June 6, 1952 in Laurel, Mississippi.
It has been reported several times in local newspapers that Blackburn's relatives have profited from her position.
The 2002 Congressional District reapportionment paved the way for Blackburn's election to Congress that same year. In 2004 she was unopposed for reelection. In 2006, Blackburn defeated Democrat challenger Bill Morrison, 66% to 33%.
In the August 7, 2008 Republican primary, Blackburn faces challenger Tom Leatherwood of Arlington, Tennessee. The race has been closer than expected due to scandals involving Blackburn's office, as well as her unwavering support of the unpopular Bush administration.
- Blackburn criticized the MoveOn "Betrayus" ad, but didn't know the name of the last soldier to die in her own district. (Source: Crooks and Liars, Sept. 24, 2007)
Legislative Voting Record
- Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO.
- Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules.
- Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.
- Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks.
- Rated 97% by the US Chamber of Commerce.
- Rated 17% by the National Education Association.
- Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy.
- Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition.
- Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses.
- Voted YES on measures supporting state-enforced pregnancies.
- Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment.
As her voting record indicates, Marsha Blackburn is yet another Bush-Republican rubberstamp in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was one of only a few newly-elected Representatives selected to serve as an assistant whip on the majority whip team. Within her first few months in Washington, Blackburn was named a "freshman to watch" by National Journal, while Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, called her a "rising star."