Blackburn to speak at GOP dinner

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Official photo)

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn will be the guest speaker for Bedford County Republican Party's annual dinner, to be held April 19 at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds.

Registration will begin at 6:30 with the dinner at 7. Blackburn will be introduced by State Sen. Jim Tracy, and there will also be a salute to veterans in attendance. A U.S. Marine Corps color guard will present the flag.

A separately-ticketed reception with Blackburn will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 206 East Franklin St.

Blackburn, who represents the Seventh Congressional District, was the first female in Tennessee elected in her own right to the U.S. House.

She was elected state senator in 1998, becoming the first woman to represent Tennessee's 23rd Senate District. While in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat the proposed state income tax. Her frequent appearances on talk radio and mention in national publications made her a recognized national anti-tax and government reform advocate.

Blackburn serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Seventh District stretches from Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis, and Blackburn has ties with the music industry in both cities. In 2003, Blackburn founded the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the nation's creative community access to Capitol Hill. The caucus focuses on the protection of intellectual property and tax policy.

Blackburn was selected to serve as an assistant majority whip in the 108th Congress and an assistant minority whip for the 109th Congress. Whip Roy Blunt has recently selected Blackburn to serve as a deputy whip for the 110th Congress .

She has been named the communications chair for the Republican Study Committee, a large group of fiscally-conservative Republicans including a majority of Republicans in Congress. Blackburn was also named by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) as the communications chair for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which recruits and supports Republican candidates for the United States Congress .

Blackburn is a graduate of Mississippi State University. She and Chuck Blackburn have been married for 32 years. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel and Chad Blackburn.

Tickets to either the banquet or the wine and cheese reception are $25. To make reservations, call Barbara Frisby at 684-0544 by April 14.