John Rose (Tennessee politician)

John Rose
John Rose, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
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 55)
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationTennessee Technological University (B.S.)
Purdue University (M.S.)
Vanderbilt University (J.D.)
WebsiteCampaign website
House 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][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rose was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned an agribusiness economics degree from Tennessee Technological University,[2] a master of science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University,[2] and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.[2]


Rose co-founded Transcender Corp.,[2] a company that earned the Music City Future 50 Award five consecutive years. Transcender Corp. was sold in October 2000 for $60 million.[3] Rose owns and is the president of Boson Software, LLC, which trains IT professionals.[4]

A lifelong farmer, Rose served as commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee in 2002.[5]

Rose has been chairman of the Tennessee State Fair Association since 2010.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

On August 2, 2018, Rose won the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District after Rep. Diane Black left the seat to run for governor.[7][8] He defeated Dawn Barlow in the general election on November 6, 2018 with more than 70 percent of the vote.[9]

Americans for Prosperity gave him a 91% conservative evaluation in 2019.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Pro-Life Caucus

Electoral History[edit]

Republican primary results
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

Personal life[edit]

Rose and his wife, Chelsea, live in Cookeville, Tennessee with their son. He operates a farm in rural Temperance Hall, West of Cookeville.[10]


External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Wheeler
Agriculture Commissioner of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Ken Givens
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Diane Black
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Denver Riggleman
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Max Rose