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Bart Gordon


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1985
Preceded by Al Gore, Jr.

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 4, 2007
Preceded by Sherwood Boehlert

Born January 24, 1949 (1949-01-24) (age 61)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leslie
Residence Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Alma mater Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee
Occupation attorney
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1971-1972

Barton Jennings "Bart" Gordon, (born January 24, 1949) is a United States Representative from Tennessee, representing the state's 6th Congressional district (map). He is a staunch supporter of an abortion procedures and he is a Blue Dog[1] Democrat. The district includes several rural areas and fast-growing suburbs east of Nashville. With the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm elections, Gordon has been named as chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology even though he is not a scientist at all. Gordon announced on December 14, 2009 that he would not seek re-election in 2010 and will be retiring from the U.S. Congress at the end of the current term to seek other opportunities and spend more time with his family.[2][3]

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Biography

Gordon was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he has lived all of his life. He served in the United States Army Reserve in 1971 and 1972.[4] He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971, earning a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1973. He then entered private practice in Murfreesboro.

Active in Democratic politics early on, he was briefly executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party in 1979 and state party chairman from 1981 to 1983. When 6th District Congressman Al Gore announced in 1983 that he would run for the United States Senate in 1984, Gordon stepped down as state party chairman to run for the seat. He initially faced a hard-fought race against the brother of the publisher of Nashville's former conservative newspaper, the Nashville Banner. However, he won handily in November 1984, riding Gore's coattails in the midst of Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in that year's presidential election. Gordon is regarded as a moderate. He has favored the repeal of the inheritance tax and the "marriage tax penalty".

Gordon was reelected by huge margins until 1994, when his Republican opponent was attorney Steve Gill, a former basketball player at the University of Tennessee who is now a radio talk show host. Gordon only won by one percentage point, but managed to defeat Gill more handily in 1996. Gordon was re-elected in 1998 and 2000 by margins similar to those he scored in the 1980s and early 1990s. He faced no significant opposition in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and was unopposed in 2008. This is largely because the 2002 reapportionment by the Democratic-controlled Tennessee General Assembly removed Williamson County, a wealthy and heavily Republican suburban area south of Nashville, from the Sixth District and added it to the already heavily Republican Seventh District. Ironically, that district is now represented by Marsha Blackburn, who in 1992 was Gordon's first well-financed Republican opponent since his initial 1984 race.

Gordon has posted one diary at Daily Kos.[5]

In March 2007 it was reported that Rep. Gordon, chairman of the U.S.House science committee, said that NASA is headed for "a train wreck" if the space agency isn't better funded to finish building the international space station and develop the next-generation spacecraft.[6]

In December 2008, Gordon came under fire from Tennessee conservatives for failing to vote on the auto bailout, stating that his failure to vote was due to a "technical glitch" in the voting system. [7]

Gordon has been the fastest runner of foot races in Congress for 20 years. Most recently, he defeated Congressman Aaron Schock, 33 years his younger at the Capital Challenge Charity Race.[8]

Congressional committee assignments

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Current

Rep. Gordon's Committees and Subcommittees

Past

  • Committee on the Budget (1993-1995)
  • Committee on Rules (1987-1995)
  • Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs (1985-1987)
  • Select Committee on Aging (1985-1987)

Rep. Gordon's Previous Committee Assignments

References

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert A. Gore, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

1985 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Sherwood Boehlert
New York
Chairman of House Science Committee
2007–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Representatives to the 99th–111th United States Congresses from Tennessee (ordered by seniority)
99th Senate: J. Sasser | A. Gore, Jr. House: J. Quillen | J. Duncan, Sr. | E. Jones | H. Ford, Sr. | M. Lloyd | B. Boner | J. Cooper | D. Sundquist | B. Gordon
100th Senate: J. Sasser | A. Gore, Jr. House: J. Quillen | J. Duncan, Sr. | E. Jones | H. Ford, Sr. | M. Lloyd | B. Boner | J. Cooper | D. Sundquist | B. Gordon
101st Senate: J. Sasser | A. Gore, Jr. House: J. Quillen | H. Ford, Sr. | M. Lloyd | J. Cooper | D. Sundquist | B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner
102nd Senate: J. Sasser | A. Gore, Jr. House: J. Quillen | H. Ford, Sr. | M. Lloyd | J. Cooper | D. Sundquist | B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner
103rd Senate: J. Sasser | H. Mathews House: J. Quillen | H. Ford, Sr. | M. Lloyd | J. Cooper | D. Sundquist | B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner
104th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: J. Quillen | H. Ford, Sr. | B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp
105th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
106th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
107th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
108th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis
109th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis
110th Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | D. Davis
111th Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | P. Roe

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