2021 Howard Steel Lecturer
Congressman Mark Green

Congressman Mark Green took the oath of office to represent the 7th district of Tennessee on January 3, 2019 (the same oath he first took as a cadet on the historic Plain at West Point over 30 years before). A business leader, decorated combat veteran and ER physician, Green served in the Tennessee State Senate before his election to Congress.

Throughout his career, Congressman Green’s love for America’s founding principles has inspired his service. His life experiences make him ideally suited to serve Tennesseans, and his experience building a successful healthcare company equips him to take on wasteful spending and over-regulation. His 24 years of Army service have impressed upon him the need for strong American leadership internationally, a globally responsive military and a well cared-for military family.

Congressman Green brings the unique perspective of doctor, healthcare administrator and cancer survivor to addressing the issues surrounding healthcare in America. His legislative experience in Tennessee readies him to fight for all of our rights and liberties.

The son of a hardworking father and loving mother, Congressman Green grew up on a dirt road in Mississippi. He came to Tennessee in his last Army assignment as flight surgeon for the premier special operations aviation regiment. As a Night Stalker, he was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror – his most memorable mission being the capture of Saddam Hussein (detailed in his book, A Night with Saddam). He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with V Device for Valor, among others.

After his service in the Army, Congressman Green founded an emergency department staffing company that grew to over $200 million in annual revenue, providing staffing to 52 hospitals across 11 states. He also founded two free medical clinics, providing healthcare to under-served populations in Memphis and Clarksville, and embarked on numerous medical mission trips across the world.

He was elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012, where he distinguished himself as a conservative leader. His many legislative accomplishments include the repeal of the Hall Income Tax (only the second state-repealed income tax in US history) and the passage of the Tennessee Teacher Bill of Rights. His numerous awards include the National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business award and Latinos for Tennessee’s Legislator of the Year.

Congressman Green resides in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife, Camilla. They have two grown children.