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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3271

Address: 230 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (423) 756-2342

Address: 900 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga TN 37402-2282

Oak Ridge TN

Phone: (865) 576-1976

Fax: (865) 576-3221

Address: 200 Administration Road, Oak Ridge TN 37839-8823

Athens TN

Phone: (423) 745-4671

Fax: (423) 745-6025

Address: 6 East Madison Avenue, Athens TN 37303-3697

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Charles Fleischmann Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Tennessee 3
  • Born: Oct. 12, 1962, Ooltewah
  • Home: Ooltewah
  • Education:

    U. of IL, B.A. 1983; U. of TN, J.D. 1986.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1987-2010.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Brenda); 3 children

Republican Charles (Chuck) Fleischmann was elected in 2010 to succeed GOP Rep. Zach Wamp, who ran unsuccessfully for governor. Fleischmann is more of a team player than the independent-minded Wamp and was rewarded in 2013 with a seat on the Appropriations Committee. Read More

Republican Charles (Chuck) Fleischmann was elected in 2010 to succeed GOP Rep. Zach Wamp, who ran unsuccessfully for governor. Fleischmann is more of a team player than the independent-minded Wamp and was rewarded in 2013 with a seat on the Appropriations Committee.

When he was a boy, Fleischmann's father, Max, worked in the food services business. The family moved often, following his father’s job opportunities. Fleischmann, an only child, lived in Philadelphia and New Jersey before finishing high school in Chicago. His mother, Rose Marie, was diagnosed with terminal cancer when he was nine and died when he was 14. He excelled in school, graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in three years with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1983. He went to the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, for his law degree in the mid-1980s and adopted the state as his home. He clerked for Knoxville lawyer Foster Arnett and then started his own firm with his wife, Brenda.

When Wamp announced he would leave Congress to run for governor in 2010, Fleischmann decided to run, saying he was “very, very upset with the way things were going in Washington, D.C.” In the August primary, his most formidable opponent was health care consultant Robin Smith, a former Republican state party chairwoman. Fleischmann put $544,000 of his own money into the campaign and ran ads that accused Smith of mismanaging funds when she chaired the Tennessee GOP.

Smith went after Fleischmann’s record as a personal injury lawyer, saying that he had sued gun clubs, Wal-Mart stores, and churches, all popular institutions in the state. It was a potentially fatal line of attack, but Fleischmann defended himself by saying, “I make a living standing up for the little guy, people who have traditionally not had a voice and who have been dealt injustices and harm.” In the end, Fleischmann edged out Smith, 30%-28%. His Democratic opponent, radio talk show personality John Wolfe, was the same unsuccessful challenger Wamp had faced in 2002 and 2004. Fleischmann won an easy 67%-33% victory.

In the House, Fleischmann has been a dependable GOP vote; he was the chamber's 18th most conservative member in 2013, according to National Journal rankings. He is capable of serving up red-meat rhetoric; asked at a 2012 debate for his views on climate change, he responded: “I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there.”

He joined the state’s other GOP House members in supporting riders in the House’s fiscal 2011 budget bill aimed at limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority, with one notable exception: He opposed an amendment blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from tightening the standards governing particulate matter, a nod to Chattanooga’s earlier efforts to clean its air. Although he opposed raising the debt ceiling in 2011 and the compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff in 2013, he was loyal to GOP leaders on other votes. The Chattanooga Free Press’ editorial page, in endorsing him for reelection, complained that “his unwillingness to vote against his party … is exasperating.”

He joined fellow Tennessee freshman Republican Scott DesJarlais in opposing an Energy Department plan to consolidate management of Oak Ridge’s Y-12 weapons plant with the one at Texas’ Pantex facility, and he stressed the need for money to replace Chickamauga’s deteriorating 75-year-old river lock by overhauling the project’s funding mechanism, the Inland Waterway Trust Fund. His position on Appropriations, especially its Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, gives him a critical voice on those local needs.

Fleischmann has survived two grueling primary fights against Wamp's son, Weston Wamp. In 2012, he drew spirited challenges from the 25-year-old Wamp and dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield. Neither Wamp nor Mayfield was as polished as Fleischmann, who also raised much more money. He won the primary with 39%, as Mayfield took 31% and Wamp 29%. He narrowly lost Chattanooga-based Hamilton County to Wamp but prevailed in most of the smaller, rural areas. His Democratic general election opponent, acute care physician Mary Headrick, accused him of being in the pocket of special interests and blasted his proposal to cut capital gains taxes. But she raised just $119,000 to his $1.4 million, and he coasted to a win with 61% of the vote.

Wamp returned for another try in 2014 in what became an even tighter race. He learned from his earlier experience and ran a smoother campaign. Calling himself an "independent-minded conservative," he courted votes from Democrats, who were eligible to vote in the primary. Fleischmann rebuked him at one debate, saying, "If he wants to run as a Democrat, let him run as a Democrat." Wamp responded that the congressman apparently believed "that Democrats have cooties and you can't talk to them." Fleischmann retorted, "They have got a lot worse than that, Weston."

Fleischmann also accused Wamp of being a "show horse" and supporting "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. The latter prompted a rebuke from Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who endorsed the challenger along with ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and the district's two largest newspapers. Nevertheless, Fleischmann managed to eke out a win in the August primary, 51%-49%.

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Charles Fleischmann Election Results
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2012 General
Charles Fleischmann (R)
Votes: 157,830
Percent: 61.45%
Mary Headrick (D)
Votes: 91,094
Percent: 35.47%
Matthew Deniston (I)
Votes: 7,905
Percent: 3.08%
2012 Primary
Charles Fleischmann (R)
Votes: 29,947
Percent: 39.07%
Scottie Mayfield (R)
Votes: 23,779
Percent: 31.02%
Weston Wamp (R)
Votes: 21,997
Percent: 28.7%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%)
Charles Fleischmann Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 21 (L) : 77 (C) 11 (L) : 87 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 28 (L) : 70 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) 20 (L) : 80 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 10.3 (L) : 89.7 (C) 20.3 (L) : 79.7 (C) 10.3 (L) : 89.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV66
CFG8677
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ADA00
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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