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Phil Roe

The Honorable Dr. Phil Roe

Honorary Alumni

A Clarksville native, Dr. Phil Roe was born on July 21, 1945. He grew up an avid basketball player and attained the level of Distinguished Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Roe earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University. In 1970 he received his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation from medical school, Roe served in the United States Army Medical Corps, during which he was stationed along the demilitarized zone in South Korea. He was discharged as a major in 1974.

After completing his military service, Roe practiced as a board-certified OBGYN for 31 years, delivering over 5,000 babies. During much of his time in practice Roe also taught at East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine.

In 2003, Roe successfully ran for Johnson City Commission. In 2005 his fellow city commissioners elected him vice-mayor for a two year term; in 2007 they elected him mayor. First elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, in his second (and current) term Roe became chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, an extension of the service he began as a military physician forty years ago.

Viewed by his House colleagues as a respected voice on health care, the House of Representatives recently passed Congressman Roe's legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. He also has introduced bills this Congress to ensure workers have a right to a secret ballot when voting on unionization and to provide schools epinephrine pens necessary to save children with allergies from deadly reactions.

Roe still resides in Johnson City with his wife Pam. They have three children: David C. Roe, John Roe, and Whitney Larkin, an ETSU alumna. The couple is members of Munsey United Methodist Church. He spends the little spare time he has with his two granddaughters, in the outdoors, or playing bluegrass and country songs on his guitar. He is also an avid golfer (though his tee times have been reduced greatly since taking office) and a longtime ETSU basketball season ticket holder. 4/12