Carr Announces Candidacy For 4th Congressional Race

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Representative Joe Carr announced on Thursday his candidacy for the 4th Congressional district.

The decision follows a successful exploratory phase chaired by prominent business leaders, Lee Beaman and Dr. Nate Schott. In just six weeks, Rep. Carr’s exploratory committee raised over $205,000 (nearly double the amount raised by incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais during the most recent filing period). 

“Ginny and I are humbled by the outpouring of encouragement and financial support over the past several weeks. We are grateful for those who served on our exploratory committee and for so many friends who have demonstrated their confidence in me,” Rep. Carr said. 

“I am running for Congress because our country is in crisis and Tennesseans are hungry for strong, principled, conservative leadership. Our families face chronic unemployment and our leaders in Washington are taking us down a path of decay and financial ruin. Washington is paralyzed because our representatives are more interested in themselves than the people they represent. The Obama administration and their liberal allies in Washington continually assault our rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The only way to change the culture in Washington, is to change the men and women we send there.” 

Rep. Carr’s Exploratory Committee Chairman Lee Beaman, praised the decision and pointed to Rep. Carr’s proven record in the state house as indicative of the strong, principled leadership he will bring to Washington. “Rep. Carr led the fight to curb illegal immigration, abolish the death tax, protect the second amendment and secure funding for the desperately needed MTSU science building,” Mr. Beaman said. 

“Joe’s outstanding leadership in introducing and fighting for economic reforms in the General Assembly has helped Tennessee become the fourth most business-friendly state in the nation. If there’s one thing I know about Joe Carr, it’s that he’s a proven conservative leader and fighter. He will shake up Washington, DC.” 

“I will lead with integrity and advance the conservative movement in Washington,” Rep. Carr said. “I will continue fighting for the Constitution and the first principles that made our country great: personal responsibility, individual liberty, and limited government. Additionally, I will stand firm in defense of the second amendment against the assault from the Obama administration. We must protect the gun rights of law abiding citizens; otherwise the rest of the Bill of Rights and our status as a free society will be in jeopardy.” 

Rep. Carr, a 1981 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is a business consultant who helps companies become more energy efficient. Additionally, he and his wife Ginny own and operate Cedar Snag Farms in Lascassas. He was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 and currently serves as chairman of the Local Government subcommittee. 

He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Right to Life, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raider Athletic Association and supporter of Greenhouse Ministries. He is also an accomplished private pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association. 

Rep. Carr has been married to Ginny for 30 years, and they have three children, Erin, Maddie and Joe, Jr. Ginny and Joe also have a grandson, Colby. He has lived in Rutherford County since he was a young boy and his family roots go back five generations in Rutherford County. The Carrs are members of Believers Chapel in Murfreesboro. 

For more information, please contact Justin Wax at 615 519-3184 or email

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