Mark Green (R-Tenn.) is a West Point graduate and surgeon who has represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. He ran for his third term in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won.
A decorated combat veteran, Green served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was part of the unit that captured Saddam Hussein. As an ER physician, he also founded a staffing company for emergency departments.
Prior to his election to Congress, Green served as a state senator. In 2017, when then-President Trump nominated him as Army secretary, he was forced to withdraw as criticism mounted over controversial statements he had made about gays, lesbians, Muslims, and others.
Green is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee, among other groups. During the pandemic, he spoke out against the federal vaccine mandate. After the 2020 census led to redistricting across the country, the congressman said in a February 2022 interview that Democratic policies “are not serving anyone in the state of Tennessee” and “conservative principles are just better.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Green helped spread the Big Lie and voted against certifying President Biden’s Electoral College win, impeaching Trump for inciting the insurrection, and establishing a special House committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Green joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Green voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and fanning the flames once the riot began. Like other Republicans who initially called the violence an “unthinkable act,” he went on to argue: “Now is the time for this country to come together. Unity can only be achieved by focusing on where we find common ground instead of drawing new battle lines.”
- Green voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
- Despite professing concerns about election integrity and adherence to the Constitution, in September 2022 Green joined all but nine House Republicans in voting against the Presidential Election Reform Act meant to ensure the peaceful transition of power from one presidential administration to the next.
The Big Lie
- Green signed letters to Attorney General Bill Barr on Nov. 6 and Dec. 1, 2020 urging the Justice Department to investigate irregularities and accusations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Green signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- In a statement prior to the attack on the Capitol, Green echoed Trump’s year-long disinformation campaign by saying: “I tried to sound the alarms for nearly a year in House Homeland Security Committee and Oversight Committee hearings that the increase in mail-in balloting and last-minute changes to election laws could lead to confusion, fraud and distrust.”
- In justifying his vote against certifying the 2020 presidential election, Green wrote in a prepared statement: “Since the election, I’ve heard from countless Tennesseans who have serious doubts about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election…. While today’s certification of electoral votes by Congress is the final step in this election, it cannot and will not be the end of our fight to ensure fair and free elections in the future. I will continue to fight for stronger election laws for our Republic.”