Dr. Mark Green’s campaign for Congress received a boost Thursday as all seven Republican members of Tennessee’s delegation serving in the US House of Representatives – including Phil Roe, Jimmy Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, and David Kustoff – endorsed his bid to replace Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07).
“A real American hero and proven conservative fighter, Mark Green will be a champion for our Tennessee values in Congress,” Congressman Marsha Blackburn said in a statement. “I’ve worked closely with Mark the last several years and have seen firsthand how hard he works for his constituents. I’m excited to endorse him to be our next Congressman.”
“Tennessee has a long history of sending national leaders to Washington. I’m honored to receive the endorsement from our Tennessee Republican delegation, and I look forward to working together with them to rein in spending, rebuild our military, and repeal Obamacare,” Green said.
The seven members of Congress are the latest Republican leaders in Tennessee to endorse Green’s candidacy. He has previously been endorsed by 100 grassroots conservative leaders in the state, 20 mayors in the district, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, and more than 60 members of the General Assembly who serve on Green’s finance committee.
Dr. Green is a West Point graduate who earned his medical degree – becoming a decorated flight surgeon – during his twenty-years of service in the Army. After retiring in 2006, he went on to serve as the CEO Align MD, a staffing company specializing in hospital emergency department management. In 2012, he ran against incumbent Democrat Tim Barnes, winning by a definitive 53 to 47 margin, going on to easily earn re-election in 2016.
Shortly after Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) announced her candidacy to replace retiring junior Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Green announced his intention to run. After the withdrawal of Lee Thomas Miller’s bid for the office early on, Green became the sole Republican candidate currently running in the staunchly conservative congressional district. Without an opponent in the primary, Green will be the Republican nominee in the 7th district.
Dr. Mark Green currently serves in the Tennessee State Senate, where he was a central figure in the passage of several pieces of legislation including an anti-sanctuary cities measure to close certain loopholes in the current law, as well as legislation that would prohibit in-state tuition discount benefits to be given to illegal immigrant students.