John Rose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDiane Black
33rd Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
In office
August 1, 2002 – January 18, 2003
GovernorDon Sundquist
Preceded byDan Wheeler
Succeeded byKen Givens
Personal details
John Williams Rose

(1965-02-23) February 23, 1965 (age 59)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Chelsea Doss
(m. 2011)
Children3[note 1]
EducationTennessee Technological University (BS)
Purdue University (MS)
Vanderbilt University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

John Williams Rose (born February 23, 1965) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2019. A Republican, he was commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee and president of Boson Software, LLC.[1]

Early life and education

Rose was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness economics from Tennessee Tech in 1988, a Master of Science in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1990, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.[2]


In 1992, Rose co-founded Transcender Corp.,[2] a provider of online information technology certification products that was sold in October 2000 for $60 million.[3] Rose owns and is the president of Boson Software, LLC, which trains IT professionals.[4]

Rose served as commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee in 2002.[5] He owns a family farm in rural Temperance Hall, west of Cookeville.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee § District 6

On August 2, 2018, Rose won the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District after Diane Black vacated the seat to run for governor.[7][8] He defeated Dawn Barlow in the November 6 general election with more than 70% of the vote.[9] After being elected, Rose hired former Representative Van Hilleary as his chief of staff.[10]


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee § District 6

Rose won a second term with 73.7% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Christopher Finley.[11] He was unopposed in the primary election.[12]


Rose won a third term with 66.3% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Randall Cooper.[13]


In May 2019, Rose blocked a vote during a pro forma session of Congress on a $19.1-billion relief bill intended to deliver aid to areas of the U.S. affected by natural disasters the previous year. He cited the national deficit and the vote being held during a Congressional break as reasons for his objection.[14]

In December 2020, Rose was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[15] In January 2021, Rose was one of 147 Republicans in Congress and 139 in the House to vote to object to the certification of the results of the election.[16]

In June 2021, Rose was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to the United States Capitol Police officers who were on duty during the 2021 United States Capitol attack. He said it was too soon to award the medals and there was not yet enough information about the events on January 6.[17]

In 2022, Rose was one of 39 Republicans to vote for the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[18][19]

Rose was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[20]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Republican primary results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 43,788 41.3
Republican Bob Corlew 33,088 31.2
Republican Judd Matheny 16,753 15.9
Republican Lavern Vivio 9,506 9
Republican Christopher Monday 3,021 2.9
Total votes 106,156 100
Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose 172,810 69.5
Democratic Dawn Barlow 70,370 28.3
Independent David Ross 3,426 1.4
Independent Lloyd Dunn 2,134 .8
Total votes 248,740 100
Republican primary results, 2020[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose (incumbent) 78,340 100.0
Total votes 78,340 100.0
Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2020[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose (incumbent) 257,572 73.7
Democratic Christopher Finley 83,852 24.0
Independent Christopher Monday 8,154 2.3
Total votes 349,578 100.0
Republican hold
Republican Primary Results, 2022[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose (incumbent) 57,162 100.0
Total votes 57,162 100.0
Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2022[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Rose (incumbent) 129,388 66.33%
Democratic Randal Cooper 65,675 33.67%
Total votes 195,063 100.0%
Republican hold

Nonprofit work

Rose has chaired the Tennessee State Fair Association since its founding in 2010.[27] He has also served on Tennessee Tech Foundation's board of directors[3] and as chair of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America Foundation.[28]

Rose established the Jerry and Betty Williams Rose Scholarship for agricultural students at Tennessee Tech in memory of his parents.[29]

Personal life

Rose and his wife Chelsea (née Doss) married in January 2011.[30] They live in Cookeville, Tennessee, with their two sons.[note 2][6]


  1. ^ Denton, Mary Jo (September 25, 2002). "COOKEVILLIAN NEW STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER" (PDF). Herald-Citizen. Cookeville, Tennessee. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Plazas, David (October 10, 2018). "Meet John Rose, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 6". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Elliott, Stephen (August 10, 2017). "Former Ag commissioner running for Black seat". Nashville Post. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Ebert, Joel (August 10, 2017). "John Rose, former Tennessee agriculture commissioner, seeks seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. ^ "Rose chosen as Tennessee commissioner of agriculture". Memphis Business Journal. August 1, 2002. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Biography".
  7. ^ Humphrey, Tom (June 15, 2017). "Lots of Republicans eyeing run for Black's seat – if she runs for governor". TNJ: On The Hill. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Garrison, Joey (February 9, 2017). "Diane Black, weighing run for governor, meets with state GOP leaders". The Tennessean.
  9. ^ Humbles, Andy. "Republican John Rose wins 6th Congressional District seat held by Diane Black". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  10. ^ Elliott, Stephen (December 11, 2018). "John Rose names Van Hilleary chief of staff". Nashville Post.
  11. ^ "Tennessee Election Results: Sixth Congressional District". The New York Times. November 3, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  12. ^ "2020 Tennessee Election Results". IndyStar. August 6, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "Republican U.S. Rep. John Rose wins reelection in the 6th Congressional District". The Tennessean.
  14. ^ Montoya-Galvez, Camilo (May 30, 2019). "$19.1 billion disaster bill blocked by single GOP lawmaker for third time". CBS News. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  15. ^ "List: The 126 House members, 19 states and 2 imaginary states that backed Texas' challenge to Trump defeat". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. December 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Yourish, Karen; Larry Buchanan; Denise Lu (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  17. ^ WBIR Staff (June 17, 2021). "Tennessee congressman votes 'no' on honoring Capitol police with Congressional Gold Medal for Jan. 6 response". WBIR-TV. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  18. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC. 29 September 2022.
  19. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".
  20. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  21. ^ "Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy". Financial Services Committee. U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  22. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  23. ^ "State of Tennessee - August 6, 2020 Republican Primary" (PDF). Tennessee Secretary of State.
  24. ^ State of Tennessee General Election Results, November 3, 2020, Results By Office (PDF) (Report). Secretary of State of Tennessee. December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  25. ^ "State of Tennessee Republican Primary" (PDF). Tennessee Secretary of State. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  26. ^ State of Tennessee General Election Results, November 8, 2022, Results By Office (PDF) (Report). Secretary of State of Tennessee. December 13, 2022. Retrieved December 24, 2022.
  27. ^ Garrison, Joey (January 18, 2019). "Tennessee congressman's state fair group sues Nashville seeking to stop MLS stadium". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  28. ^ Pathé, Simone (August 2, 2018). "Tennessee Poised to Return to All-Male House Delegation in 2019". Roll Call. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  29. ^ "JOHN ROSE TO BE HONORED FOR YEARS OF GIVING BACK" (PDF). (Press release). April 12, 2018. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  30. ^ "Doss ~ Rose" (PDF). Eagleville Times. Vol. 9, no. 1. January 2011. p. 7. Retrieved April 5, 2022.


  1. ^ One child is deceased.
  2. ^ A third child is deceased.
Political offices Preceded byDan Wheeler Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee 2002–2003 Succeeded byKen Givens U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byDiane Black Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Tennessee's 6th congressional district 2019–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byGuy Reschenthaler United States representatives by seniority 268th Succeeded byChip Roy