WATE: Roe seeking reelection to Congress
Thursday, February 8th, 2018 @ 3:00PM
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WATE) – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, a representative of Tennessee’s first district, announced Thursday that he will seek reelection.
Roe, a Republican, says great strides have been made toward comprehensive reform of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, but added that there is “unfinished business” 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,” said Roe in a statement. “They deserve a choice in their health care, timely access to the benefits they’ve earned and a VA that works for them.”
Roe, a doctor who has served the first district since 2009, was on board an Amtrak train that struck a truck near Richmond, Virginia in January.
Roe graduated from Austin Peay University in 1967 and earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He also served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
He is the chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee.