As the 116th U.S. Congress convened, Marsha Blackburn, 66, began her service in the United States Senate as she was sworn in as Tennessee’s junior Senator and the first woman to represent Tennessee in that role.
Replacing Blackburn in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District, Rep. Mark Green, 54, was sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives. The West Point graduate, Army veteran, M.D., and founder of a healthcare company, had been a state Senator. He lives in Montgomery County.
“Representing Tennessee in the United States Senate is a true honor and today’s activities have been humbling,” Blackburn said in a press release. “It has been an honor to share the swearing in activities with hundreds of Tennesseans who have traveled to the nation’s capitol to be a part of the festivities.
“In the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to secure our borders and build the wall so we can keep our country safe from drug, human, and labor traffickers, as well as from the gang members that are crossing into our country illegally. I look forward to confirming strict constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court and approving the President’s qualified nominees to our federal courts. I will also work to close the digital divide by bringing broadband access to rural communities and to address the opioid epidemic that is plaguing communities across our country.
“It is a distinct opportunity to serve as Tennessee’s first female Senator. In this role, I will continue to be an advocate for faith, family, freedom, hope, and opportunity for Tennesseans and for all Americans across the country.”
Green was among 29 freshman Republican men and one Republican woman to be sworn in as members of Congress for the first time.