First elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012, Dr. Mark Green is a physician, businessman, veteran, and Congressman-elect for Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. Mark decided to run for office during his 25th class reunion at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Seeing again the words on the statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “Duty, honor, country,” he realized that he had a duty to fulfill.
In the State Senate, Mark serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and as Chaplain of the Senate GOP Caucus. A conservative fighter, Mark led the fight to eliminate the Hall Income Tax, sponsored the Teachers’ Bill of Rights, and worked against the expansion of Obamacare by passing a health savings account pilot program. For his leadership, Mark was recognized with numerous awards, including the NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business and as one of GOPAC’s Top 21 Emerging Leaders for the Country.
Mark recently sold the healthcare company he founded in 2009 and grew to $200 million in annual revenue. He also founded the Two Rivers Medical Foundation, which operates two free medical clinics, and serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations that care for soldiers and their families as they return with the unseen scars of war.
With his wife, Camilla, and children, Alexa and Mitchell, Mark came to Tennessee as an Army special operations flight surgeon assigned to the 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment. There he planned and flew on some of the War on Terror’s most covert operations. His most memorable mission was the capture of Saddam Hussein, where he interviewed Saddam for six hours the night of his capture. During this time, Mark was selected as the Army Aviation Association Flight Surgeon of the year.
Mark’s military career began as an infantry officer. From 1987–1990, he served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, and battalion personnel officer in the 194th Separate Armor Brigade, and from 1990–1992 as a supply officer and an airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division. His military awards include the Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service.
Mark grew up as the child of a hardworking veteran and pastor who was disabled due to bone cancer and a devout mother whose quotes from the Bible remain among the anchors of his worldview. Thanks to both of his parents, Mark developed the strong work ethic and desire to serve his community that continue to drive his actions as a legislator.