Rising GOP Star to speak at Republican Dinner

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Tennessee State Senator Mark Green to speak at Rhea County Republican Party's Reagan Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, April 11. (photo contributed)

Republican Rock Star featured at 2015 Reagan Day Dinner in Rhea County

He could be the most interesting man in Tennessee politics today.  His resume is as fascinating as it is impressive.

Senator Mark Green M.D. flies over Iraq in 2003. (photo contributed)
Senator Mark Green M.D. flies over Iraq in 2003. (photo contributed)
A Night With Saddam by Mark E. Green, MD
A Night With Saddam by Mark E. Green, MD

The 1986 West Point graduate was selected in 2003 as Army Aviation Association Flight Surgeon of the year in part by his most memorable mission, Operation Red Dawn, which saw the capture of Saddam Hussein.  On the night of his capture, he interviewed the fallen dictator for six hours.  He later wrote a book, A Night with Saddam, which details the interview and his service with our military’s “Jedi Nights” in some of the War on Terror’s most covert operations.

Armed with an economics degree from West Point, a Masters Certificate from the University of Southern California in Information Systems, and a medical degree from Wright State University, the decorated soldier left the military for civilian life.  He founded a medical foundation, Align MD Foundation, which provides healthcare to under-served populations throughout the world, and operates a free medical clinic in his hometown.

In 2012, he threw his hat into the political ring defeating Democrat incumbent Tim Barnes to represent Tennessee’s Senate District 22.  Quickly named Tennessee Journal’s Rookie of the year in 2013, the young senator used his real world experience to serve him as a legislator.  He was recently recognized by Forbe’s magazine as a champion of the free market for his pro-business, pro-taxpayer legislation.

This “Rising Star” of the Republican Party is none other than Dr. Mark Green, the keynote speaker of the 2015 Rhea County Republican Party Reagan Dinner to be held April 11.

Senator Mark E. Green MD eyes Baghdad from aerial view in 2003. (photo contributed)
Senator Mark E. Green MD eyes Baghdad from aerial view in 2003. (photo contributed)

Newly elected Party Chair, Linda Pendergrass, is excited to have a true champion of conservative ideas keynote this years dinner.

She insists, “Dr. Green is the future of the Republican Party in Tennessee, and we can’t wait to hear his story in person.”

Senator Green, who shares her excitement, says he’s honored to speak at Rhea County’s Reagan Day Dinner.

“I’m pumped to come out there to Rhea County,” said Dr. Green.  “I want to meet the folks that sent Ron Travis (State Representative District 31) to Nashville.”

State Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton)
State Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton)

Travis, who’s proud to call Green a friend and colleague, says people won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet such a great patriot .  “It’s gonna be a great day in Rhea County,” says Travis.

“He is a meticulous legislator and has a wealth of experience which serves him as an invaluable tool in making decisions,” Travis says of Senator Green.

“He works very hard for the state of Tennessee.  He’s very intelligent and researches everything he does,” Travis adds.  “Mark has a bright future in the Republican Party.”

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I can look at something from a lot of different perspectives. Now I’m trying to use that on behalf of the state of Tennessee.

Sen. Mark Green MD

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Given his rich experience, Dr. Green says, “I can look at something from a lot of different perspectives.  Now I’m trying to use that on behalf of the state of Tennessee.”

Recent featured speakers at Rhea County’s Reagan Day Dinner include U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, TN House Speaker Beth Harwell, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker.

“We encourage everyone to join us in this year’s Reagan Day Dinner,” says party chair Linda Pendergrass.  “It’s going to be a great time.”

In addition to the featured speaker, guests can expect music by Rhea County Executive George Thacker, steak dinner by Evelyn’s Catering, straw poll for next Republican nominee for president, and fun-filled atmosphere with event emcee, and local celebrity, Lebron Purser.

This year’s dinner will be held at Rhea County High School, located at 885 Eagle Lane in Evensville, Saturday, April 11.  Tickets are $40 / each or $225 / table of six.  Contact Gary Drinkard at (423) 365-4124 to reserve your seat.  Social hour will begin at 5:30 and dinner at 6:15 P.M.

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