David “Phil” Roe represents Tennessee’s First Congressional District, which includes most of Northeast Tennessee. Phil was elected in 2008 and he continues to serve Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He proudly serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus and has led the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Phil has brought his more than 30 years of experience as a physician and his commonsense conservative principles to Congress, challenging President Obama’s efforts to impose higher taxes and more government control on doctors and their patients. Phil also authored the American Health Care Reform Act, one of the first comprehensive bills to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was endorsed and adopted by the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative champions in Congress who push for commonsense policies and reforms.
Known as a strong fiscal conservative and a vocal critic of dangerous spending and government waste that threatens our future, Phil remains committed to cutting government spending and balancing our budget. He is a cosponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment.
Phil has received an A rating from the National Rifle Association and has been endorsed by National Right to Life.
Phil was born and raised in middle Tennessee near Clarksville. He’s lived in Johnson City, Tennessee for nearly 40 years, raising his family there and building a successful medical practice. As an OBGYN, Phil delivered nearly 5,000 babies.
Phil attended his hometown college of Austin Peay State University, graduating with a BS in biology and chemistry in 1967. He then attended medical school at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
After graduation from medical school in 1972, Phil served our nation in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey in South Korea. He was promoted to Major and honorably discharged in 1974 after earning the American Service Medal, Korea Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Prior to serving in Congress, Phil served as the Mayor of Johnson City from 2007 to 2009 and Vice Mayor from 2003 to 2007. During his service, Phil and other members of the city council used fiscal restraint to help Johnson City build a $20 million reserve with no property or sales tax increases.
Phil lives in Johnson City, Tennessee. He and his late wife Pam have three children: David C. Roe, John L. Roe, and Whitney Larkin. In addition, Phil is the proud grandfather of Kathryn and Caroline.