Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee

Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Senator from Tennessee

Marsha Blackburn (nee Wedgeworth) was born in June 1952 in Laurel, Mississippi.  She is a former beauty pageant winner who attended Mississippi State University on a scholarship, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

She worked in sales and ultimately became the owner of a production-event management firm. Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist appointed her executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. She served in the Tennessee Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she served 16 years. She has been a member of the U.S. Senate since January 2019.

She is married to Chuck Blackburn and they have two children. She is a Presbyterian.

In the News…

Four senators have joined together to sponsor legislation combating human trafficking as the humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States continues unabated.

“This bill requires DHS to deport alien adults if they refuse a DNA test and mandates a maximum 10-year prison sentence for all alien adults who fabricate family ties or guardianship over a minor,” Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said in a statement about the End Child Trafficking Now Act.

She was joined in sponsoring the legislation by Senators Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, and Mike Rounds. A similar bill is being introduced in the House of Representatives.

“It also criminalizes ‘child recycling,’ which happens when the same child is used repeatedly to gain entry by alien adults who are neither relatives nor legal guardians,” Blackburn added. “If family ties or legal guardianship cannot be proven with the accompanying adult, the Act requires HHS to process the child as an unaccompanied minor under current law.”

Roughly 14,000 unaccompanied minors are currently being held in U.S. migrant detention centers, many of them victims of human trafficking. Blackburn and others have argued that the president’s administration is putting those children in danger by releasing them to adult “sponsors” that are not their biological parents or legally certified guardians.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Blackburn today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee
357 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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