American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007. He represented Tennessee's 1st congressional district.
He began serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1962 and served as the Speaker from 1969 to 1970.
After his tenure in the Tennessee House, he served as a judge and on the board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
He married Kathryn Jenkins.
He was a was a senior policy adviser for Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander.