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U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. will speak to King College students on security and
intelligence issues in U.S. governmental policy on Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in
King's Memorial Chapel. Students attending the lecture will have the opportunity to
engage in a question and answer session with the Congressman.
Congressman Roe represents the First Congressional District of Tennessee, which includes
Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington,
Jefferson, and Sevier Counties.
Congressman Roe serves on two Committees that allow him to address and influence the
many issues that are important to the First District students, teachers, veterans,
and workers: Education and the Workforce where he serves as the chair of the Subcommittee
on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions; and Veterans' Affairs where he serves
on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Health.
Rep. Roe has shown great interest in legislative issues related to security and intelligence,
including travel to Afghanistan to inspect medical care for US troops, said Dr. Martin
Dotterweich, associate professor of History for King College. His insights into the
legislative process regarding these issues will be immensely helpful for King College
students, particularly those involved in our new Security and Intelligence minor program.
A native of Tennessee, Roe earned a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from
Austin Peay State University in 1967 and went on to earn his Medical Degree from the
University of Tennessee in 1970. Upon graduation, he served two years in the United
States Army Medical Corps.
As a physician, Congressman Roe has become an active player in the effort to reform
the nation's health care system. He is a member of the Physicians' Caucus and the
Prior to serving in Congress, Roe served as the Mayor of Johnson City from 2007 to
2009 and Vice Mayor from 2003 to 2007. As a physician, he ran a successful medical
practice in Johnson City for 31 years.