The Tenn. eleven, two by two

I have created a page that lists the whole congressional delegation for the 112th Congress, which begins in January. The information listed with each member will be enhanced to include, among other things, campaign finance disclosures, voting records, and full contact info. (Right now I have websites and social media addresses, so you can probably get there from here.) Your suggestions are welcome for what else would be useful information to include.

As I was putting the info together, I noticed that there were often two current or incoming members who shared a particular attribute. Here are a few of those pairings:

  • Two women. Congressman Marsha Blackburn (District 7) will no longer be the lone female, as she will be joined by Diane Black (District 6). Does anyone know if Sen. Black will also go by “Congressman”?
  • Two Democrats. In a sharp reversal of its former 5-4 majority in the U.S. House delegation, the Democratic Party now only boasts two members, one each from the largest urban centers in the state. (U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper, District 5; Steve Cohen, District 9)
  • Two musicians. I’m just looking at the House here, because of course U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is a fine pianist; but Cooper plays the banjo, and to-be freshman Stephen Fincher plays guitar and sings gospel.
  • Two “Steves.” The District 8 and District 9 neighbors are Fincher and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, respectively.
  • Two doctors. Dr. Phil Roe (District 1) will now be joined by Dr. Scott DesJarlais (District 4) in being able to answer “is there a doctor in the House?”
  • So close: two nurses. But it was not to be. Robin Smith, who narrowly lost the District 3 primary in August (and in winning would have been all but assured victory in the general) could have been paired with Black in this category.

There is also a trio: Black, Blackburn, and Cohen are all former state senators. (Black is still one, as of this writing.)

There is only one Lamar.

There is only one who was elected before 2002: U.S. Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan, who was elected in 1988.

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