Rep. Scott DesJarlais speaks to students

June 5, 2014

Today Bryan College was proud to host the honorable Scott DesJarlais, M.D., the congressman representing Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee, which encompasses 14 counties, including Rhea, Marion, Bledsoe, and parts of Maury and Bradley counties. Since taking office in January 2011, Rep. DesJarlais has served on three unique committees in the United States House of Representatives: oversight and government reform, education and the workforce, and agriculture. In February the National Journal ranked him fourth most conservative representative in the House.

Rep. DesJarlais held an interactive session with students from the politics and government classes of Dr. Kevin Clauson and Col. Ron Petitte, enabling them to ask pertinent questions about current events and about the governmental system. During the session he emphasized how it is “imperative” that the next generation get engaged in the government, especially in light of healthcare reform, the job market, and the economy and national debt.

Other topics student attendees brought up included the following:

  • 3.19_DesJarlais1 Healthcare law
  • Balancing the national budget with deficits of $17.5 trillion
  • Common CORE standards in education
  • Executive orders
  • Syria conflict
  • International policy issues regarding Russia

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, and junior Jessica Ramsey “Rep. DesJarlais answered the questions remarkably well,” said senior Will Jones, who spent last summer with the Tennessee Legislative Internship in the office of Sen. Ken Yager. He noted that the representative “clearly walked through his impression of the way things are in Washington.” Jones was particularly interested to hear Rep. DesJarlais talk about the Affordable Care Act from his perspective as a former medical doctor.

Junior Jacob Hawkins agrees: “It was gr3.19_DesJarlais2eat to hear what the congressmen are doing on the Hill. It was good to see a representative of his position come and speak to us in a very down-to-earth and honest manner.”

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