Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Blackburn represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, where she was a leader in the fight for a small, efficient federal government accountable to its citizens. She began her career in public service in 1995 as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission.
Her leadership philosophy is based on her experiences in the private sector as a small business woman and author, and as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She focuses on promoting opportunities for women and to make America a more prosperous place to live for families everywhere.
Senator Blackburn’s latest book, The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country (2020) is rich and inspiring. In it she explains why beliefs labeled as traditional have common ground and offer the best opportunity to improve society for all.
Senator Blackburn is a longstanding friend of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women. She has been a featured speaker at many of our events for high school and college women at Summits throughout the country. She is an outstanding role model who inspires young women to be strong, smart, and gracious conservative leaders. The CBL Center for Conservative Women awarded her its 2016 Woman of the Year.
Marsha is a member of numerous charitable organizations and is an active member of her church, Christ Presbyterian. Marsha and her husband, Chuck, live in Williamson County, Tennessee, and they have two children and two grandchildren.