Phil Roe

Phil Roe

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, of Johnson City announced via email this afternoon that he intends to seek a sixth term in Congress.

“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,” he wrote.

When Roe first ran for the office in 2008, he said he would only seek “a few terms” due to a belief in term limits. He has since said he has seen the importance of gaining seniority in Congress and a knowledge of the workings of Washington that comes with multiple terms.

“When I first ran for Congress, I wanted to lend my expertise as a doctor to the debate over how to improve our nation’s health care system,” he said in today’s email. “As a veteran, I also felt strongly about improving the care and benefits that our nation’s heroes receive. After being selected by my colleagues to chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and to co-chair of 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.”

He praised what he said have been strides in reform of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and improvements to the GI Bill.

“Still, there is a lot of unfinished business left 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,” he wrote. They deserve a choice in their health care, timely access to the benefits they’ve earned and a VA that works for them.”

He called for a representative of East Tennessee’s “conservative values” and praised what he said is progress in adding jobs brought about by the tax bill.

“I look forward to discussing my campaign with you, and I thank East Tennesseans for their continued support and trust,” he wrote. “I would also like to thank my family for their understanding as we’ve worked together over the last few months to make this decision.”

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