Congressman Chuck Fleischmann: Fighting for East Tennessee

“Serving the people of East Tennessee is an incredible honor, and I get up every day to earn that honor and privilege by fighting for East Tennessee values in Washington.”

−Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

             Rep. Fleischmann receives a “Friend of the Waterways” Award for his leadership on Chickamauga Lock.

During his time in Congress, Rep. Fleischmann has taken the lead on numerous issues and achieved substantial legislative and executive policy changes. Click on the links below for more information on these initiatives. 

- Reducing spending, balancing the budget, and reforming mandatory programs

- Confronting a national crisis to help Tennesee

- Addressing local issues and getting results for Tennessee

- Pushing back against President Obama's regulations to help citizens, local governments, and small businesses


Connecting Oak Ridge National Labratory with Chattanooga

Rep. Fleischmann strongly advocated over several years to connect the state-of-the-art technology assets of Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) with the entrepreneurial business strength of Chattanooga.

  • Fleischmann met frequently with officials from EPB, Enterprise Center, Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga and Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to facilitate this partnership.
  • It was after Fleischmann led visits between both cities that his goal of a Chattanooga ORNL office became a reality. On October 20, 2016 the office officially opened.


Reducing spending, balancing the budget, and reforming mandatory programs.

Rep. Fleischmann voted for a budget that reduces our nation’s debt, reforms entitlements, and leads to prosperity.

  • Voted for $1.6 trillion in spending cuts his first year in Congress.
  • Has consistently supported and voted for budgets that balance in 10 years without raising taxes and contain key reforms to mandatory spending programs, which are the primary long term drivers of our debt.
  • Strongly supported H.R. 2, which fixed the flawed SGR formula for Medicare.  Passed on a strong bipartisan basis, the bill reforms Medicare and strengthens the long term health of the program.


Confronting a national crisis to help Tennessee.

  • Led delegation letter to President Obama demanding answers about placement of unaccompanied immigrant children in TN during the 2014 border crisis. The Obama Administration’s response provided important new information for the public.


Addressing local issues and getting results for Tennessee.

  • Worked with local and federal leaders to open three new veterans’ clinics in Roane, McMinn and Campbell Counties.  Thanks to this work, veterans in East Tennessee have more healthcare options.
  • Obtained $30 million in funding for Erlanger Hospital by working with the TN House and Senate delegation to get Erlanger added to the Public Hospital Supplemental Payment Pool. The funding ensures that Erlanger can continue to serve the community.
  • Proactively fought to prioritize and support the critical work and research conducted in Oak Ridge. Through his efforts as Chairman of the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and Vice Chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Fleischmann has served as an advocate for improving our nation’s nuclear cleanup mission and is committed to strengthening our national security.


Pushing back against President Obama’s regulations to help citizens, local governments, and small businesses.

Rep. Fleischmann receives the Eagle Award from the American Foundry Society for his leadership in fighting EPA regulations.

  • When President Obama decided to ban the reimportation of antique firearms, Rep. Fleischmann led a bipartisan letter to the President and put an amendment into an appropriations bill defunding this action.  The amendment was signed into law, and Tennesseans can now legally reimport these firearms.
  • Introduced legislation that would repeal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations for road sign reflectivity.  Thanks to this legislation, DOT reversed their regulation, saving Tennessee county governments $50 million.
  • Led a bipartisan letter to the EPA urging the agency to reverse enforcement of an unnecessary new regulation that would have cost the foundry industry millions and affected thousands of jobs in East Tennessee.  Eighty two Congressmen signed the letter, and Rep. Fleischmann was presented with an award for his work by the foundry industry.


Chuck Fleischmann has been taking the lead to deliver principled, conservative solutions for East Tennessee and America.

Rep. Fleischmann, co-Chair of the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, moderates a panel on radioactive waste management.  His leadership of the caucus helps him fight for Oak Ridge.