U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn Enters U.S. Senate Race in Tennessee

10/6/2017 10:40 AM

Blackburn is an advocate for modernization of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, an issue she addressed as a speaker at ACA’s Washington Insights Conference.


U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is entering the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee for the seat held by retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who was elected to serve his second term in 2012.

Blackburn’s announcement comes as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced he would not enter the fray for Corker’s seat, Bloomberg reports.

Blackburn started in the Tennessee State Senate in 1998 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, where she serves as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

She is a previous speaker at ACA’s Washington Insights Conference and supports modernization of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, an issue important for the credit and collection industry. Blackburn spoke to attendees at ACA’s 2016 Washington Insights Conference about congressional efforts to clarify regulations surrounding the TCPA. The congresswoman and 13 of her Republican colleagues sent a letter to  former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler in August 2014 urging the FCC to act on ACA's petition for modernization of the TCPA through common-sense reforms.

In July, she also sponsored legislation that would require transparency in the FCC’s regulatory processes.

The primary election will be Aug. 2, 2018. ACA International will continue to report on Blackburn’s candidacy.

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