Congressman Phil Roe and Senator Rusty Crowe have both announced their intentions to run for re-election this year.
Roe, who has represented the First District of Tennessee since 2009, announced his decision last Thursday. The Republican said he believes his leadership positions on Capitol Hill give him a platform to advance the issues that are important to his constituents.
“After being selected by my colleagues to chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and to co-chair 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,” Roe said in a statement last week. “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.”
Crowe also announced his intention to seek re-election after much input from family, community and constituents. Crowe is seeking his eighth term in the Tennessee State Senate representing the 3rd Senate district seat comprising the northeast Tennessee counties of Carter, Unicoi, and Washington.
Crowe, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare committee, also serves on The Education, Government Operations and Governors Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. He won his first state senate election in 1990 as a write-in candidate.
“Should the people I represent choose to re-elect me for another term, I will proudly work to continue the progress we have made,” said Crowe. “We have focused on less intrusive government, lower taxation and a focus on personal responsibility for our citizenry.”
Touting a “Tenncentric” approach, Crowe touts the state’s national reputation for having low taxes and promoting a pro-business regulatory reform. Known as “the Rock” to his senate colleagues, Crowe has now become the senior senator on the floor of the Tennessee Senate with the exception of the Lieutenant Governor.
“I take my responsibilities very seriously and should you choose to elect me for another term, I look forward to working with you in making those difficult decisions that will keep our great state moving ever forward and at the National forefront,” said Crowe.
Roe said he is encouraged by the reforms that have been made in Washington D.C. over the past year, and is looking forward to continuing advancing an agenda he believes will benefit the people of the First District. As a veteran, Roe said he is particularly proud of the reforms that have been made to help those who have served in the military.
“Over the last year, I believe we’ve made great strides toward comprehensive reform of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” Roe said. “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.”