21 Facts About Bart Gordon


Barton Jennings Gordon was born on January 24,1949 and is an American politician and former US Representative for, serving from 1985 until 2011.


Bart Gordon was Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology from 2007 until 2011.


Bart Gordon announced on December 14,2009, that he would not seek re-election in 2010.


Bart Gordon's father and grandfathers were farmers, and his mother was a teacher in the Rutherford County schools.


Bart Gordon served in the United States Army Reserve in 1971 and 1972.


When 6th District Congressman Al Gore announced in 1983 that he would run for the United States Senate in 1984, Bart Gordon stepped down as state party chairman to run for the seat.


Bart Gordon initially faced a hard-fought race against the brother of the publisher of Nashville's former conservative newspaper, the Nashville Banner.


Bart Gordon has favored the repeal of the inheritance tax and the "marriage tax penalty".


Bart Gordon was re-elected by huge margins until 1994, when his Republican opponent was attorney Steve Gill, a former basketball player at the University of Tennessee who is a radio talk show host.


Bart Gordon only won by one percentage point, but managed to defeat Gill more handily in 1996.


Bart Gordon was re-elected in 1998 and 2000 by margins similar to those he scored in the 1980s and early 1990s.


Bart Gordon faced no significant opposition in 2002,2004 and 2006 and was unopposed in 2008.


In December 2008, Bart Gordon came under fire from Tennessee conservatives for failing to vote on the auto bailout, stating that his failure to vote was due to a "technical glitch" in the voting system.


In March 2010, Bart Gordon announced that he would vote in favor of the Senate Health Care bill.


Bart Gordon has been the fastest runner of foot races in Congress for 20 years.


Bart Gordon voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act in November 2009 but voted for both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in March 2010.


Bart Gordon is a member of the Brookings Leadership Advisory Board and is a project member for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' New Models for US Science and Technology Policy.


Bart Gordon is a board member of the USAssociation of Former Members of Congress, and the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation and he is on the Board of Counselors for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.


Bart Gordon is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.


In 2012 Bart Gordon was bestowed the insignia of Officer in the French Legion of Honor.


Bart Gordon delivered the commencement keynote address and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2012.