Tanner announces bid for re-election
Congressman John Tanner (D-8th District) has announced his plans to run for re-election in 2008.
“Most Tennesseans I talk to think our federal government is off on the wrong track,” he said.
“I agree with that assessment but, fortunately, we are making progress. We are making progress in our fight against additional government borrowing and overspending by enacting ‘pay as you go’ rules, which worked well for us in the 1990s. The huge amount of money our country borrows from foreign sources is an enormous mistake and could jeopardize the financial and economic integrity of the United States. We will keep up this fight to balance our budget and restore fiscal accountability.
“In the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, we are working closely with NATO-ally countries to combat the fight against radical fundamentalists. I also want to continue working with my colleagues in both parties to support our men and women in harm’s way, stabilize Iraq and increase the pressure on radical fundamentalism wherever it exists.”
Tanner serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with economic matters. He currently leads the Congressional delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and is a founding member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 47 moderate to conservative House Democrats.
He and his wife, Betty Ann, live in Union City. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District encompasses all or part of 19 counties in West and Middle Tennessee, stretching from the inner city of Memphis to the suburbs of Nashville.
Published in The Messenger 1.11.08