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Alumnus elected to serve in U.S. Congress

Dr. David Phil Roe (67), mayor of Johnson City, will serve Tennessees 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected Nov. 4. Roe, a Republican, was a practicing physician for 34 years before becoming Tennessee's first primary challenger to upset a sitting congressman since 1966.

He is believed to be APSUs first alumnus elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Dr. David Phil Roe ('67), mayor of Johnson City, will serve Tennessee's 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected Nov. 4. Roe, a Republican, was a practicing physician for 34 years before becoming Tennessee's first primary challenger to upset a sitting congressman since 1966.

He is believed to be APSU's first alumnus elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Roe's first bid for elected office was in 2003, when he won the highest vote total among several candidates to fill three seats on the Johnson City Commission. The five-member panel elected Roe mayor in 2007. Roe came in fourth in a crowded Republican field in the 2006 primary won by Rep. David Davis. Two years later, Roe became the state's first primary challenger to upset a sitting Tennessee congressman since 1966. It was his second attempt for the GOP nomination.

A former APSU National Alumni Association president, Roe is a major donor to the university. He was born in Clarksville and received a bachelor's degree from APSU and a medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1973. He ended a two-year stint in military as a major in the Army Medical Corps in 1974.

Roe and his wife, Pam, have three children.