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John Rose (Tennessee politician)

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John Williams Rose (born February 23, 1965) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2019. A Republican, he was commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee and president of Boson Software, LLC.[1][2]

John Rose
John Rose, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDiane Black
33rd Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
In office
August 1, 2002 – January 18, 2003
GovernorDon Sundquist
Preceded byDan Wheeler
Succeeded byKen Givens
Personal details
John Williams Rose

(1965-02-23) February 23, 1965 (age 56)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Chelsea Doss
(m. 2011)
EducationTennessee Technological University (BS)
Purdue University (MS)
Vanderbilt University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Early life and educationEdit

Rose was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned an agribusiness economics degree from Tennessee Technological University where he graduated Omicron Delta Kappa,[2] a master of science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University,[2] and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.[2]


Rose co-founded Transcender Corp.,[2] a company that earned the Music City Future 50 Award five consecutive years. Transcender Corp. was sold in October 2000 for $60 million.[3] Rose owns and is the president of Boson Software, LLC, which trains IT professionals.[4]

A lifelong farmer, Rose served as commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee in 2002.[5]

Rose has been chairman of the Tennessee State Fair Association since 2010.[6]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit



On August 2, 2018, Rose won the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District after Rep. Diane Black left the seat to run for governor.[7][8] He defeated Dawn Barlow in the general election on November 6, 2018, with more than 70 percent of the vote.[9] After being elected, Rose hired former Congressman Van Hilleary as his Chief of Staff.[10]


Americans for Prosperity gave him a 91% conservative evaluation in 2019.[citation needed]

Texas v. PennsylvaniaEdit

In December 2020, Rose was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[11] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[12][13][14]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Rose and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[15][16] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Rose and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[17]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 43,788 41.3
Republican Bob Corlew 33,088 31.2
Republican Judd Matheny 16,753 15.9
Republican Lavern Vivio 9,506 9
Republican Christopher Monday 3,021 2.9
Total votes 106,156 100
Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 172,810 69.5
Democratic Dawn Barlow 70,370 28.3
Independent David Ross 3,426 1.4
Independent Lloyd Dunn 2,134 .8
Total votes 248,740 100

Personal lifeEdit

Rose and his wife, Chelsea, live in Cookeville, Tennessee with their son. He operates a family farm in rural Temperance Hall, west of Cookeville.[18] In late 2019, Chelsea was expecting a baby boy, which she and John named Mack Wayne Rose.[19] On October 30, Rose left Washington, D.C. due to his wife having a pregnancy emergency, and on November 1, the baby died at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. John and Chelsea published a statement, saying "We are heartbroken by the unexpected loss of our anticipated baby boy. God filled our hearts with joy and hope when we learned that we would be blessed with another child. We may not get to walk with him in this life, but we pray we see him in Glory one day."[20] Mack Wayne was buried at the Rose Family cemetery on their farm in Temperance Hall.[21]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "John Rose selected for TBR Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy". Tennessee Tech.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on September 17, 2001 · Page 39".
  4. ^ "John Rose, former Tennessee agriculture commissioner, seeks seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "About The Fair – Tennessee State Fair".
  7. ^ "Lots of Republicans eyeing run for Black's seat – if she runs for governor – Humphrey On The Hill".
  8. ^ "Diane Black, weighing run for governor, meets with state GOP leaders".
  9. ^ "Republican John Rose wins 6th Congressional District seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  13. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Smith, David (2020-12-12). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  16. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  17. ^ Williams, Jordan (2020-12-11). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  18. ^ Biography at official campaign site
  19. ^ London, Derry (November 4, 2019). "TN Congressman, family mourns the death of newborn son". Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  20. ^ "Representative John Rose Resumes Official Duties Following Family Emergency". John Rose. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  21. ^ Timms, Mariah (November 5, 2019). "Rep. John Rose misses House impeachment rules vote as wife, family mourn death of anticipated second child". Retrieved May 18, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Wheeler
Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Ken Givens
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Diane Black
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Denver Riggleman
United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Chip Roy