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Mark E. Green (born November 8, 1964) is an American physician and politician from the state of Tennessee currently serving in the Tennessee Senate as a member of the Republican Party. Prior to running for office, Green founded and served as the CEO of Align MD, a healthcare emergency medicine staffing company. Before serving as CEO of Align MD, Dr. Green was an officer in the United States Army. He served as an emergency medicine physician in Operation Red Dawn, which saw the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Mark Green
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
November 2012
Preceded by Tim Barnes
Personal details
Born (1964-11-08) November 8, 1964 (age 53)
Ashland City, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Camie
Children 2
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
University of Southern California (MA)
Wright State University (MD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1986–2006
Rank Major
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan (2001–2014)
Iraq War
 • Operation Red Dawn
Awards Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Air Medal with "V" device (2)
Combat Medical Badge
Air Assault Badge
Flight Surgeon Badge
Ranger Tab
Senior Parachutist Badge

On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Green to be United States Secretary of the Army.[1] Green withdrew his nomination on May 5, 2017.[2] He is now the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee's 7th congressional district.[3]


Military careerEdit

Green graduated from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Quantitative Business Management.[4][5][6] From 1987 through 1990, Green served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. His first duty assignment following graduation from the US Army Ranger School was with the 194th Armored Brigade (United States) at Fort Knox. There he served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader and battalion adjutant for an Infantry Battalion. Following the Infantry Officer's Advance Course, then Captain Green served with the 82nd Airborne Division[7] as an airborne battalion supply officer and a rifle company commander.

Following a traumatic event where his father's life was saved by a team of surgeons and critical care doctors, Green requested the US Army send him to medical school. He attended Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He did his residency in emergency medicine at Fort Hood Texas. After his residency Dr. Green was selected to serve as the Flight surgeon for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.[8]

As a special operations flight surgeon, Green served a tour of duty in the Afghanistan War and two tours of duty in the Iraq War. He was the special operations flight surgeon during Operation Red Dawn, the military operation that captured Saddam Hussein. Green interrogated Hussein for six hours.[4][9] Following his military service, he authored a book, titled A Night With Saddam, detailing the capture of Hussein, his interview with the dictator and his service with the Army's elite aviation unit.[7][10] Green left the military in 2006.[9]

For his service, Green was awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with the V Device for valor under heavy enemy fire while rescuing British Special Operations forces wounded near Fallujah, and the Combat Medical Badge among numerous other awards. He also earned the Air Assault Badge and the Flight Surgeon Badge[4][7] during his military service.

Civilian careerEdit

Green founded and served as chief executive officer of Align MD, a hospital emergency department management staffing company. Align MD provides staffing to emergency departments and hospitalist services in 50 hospitals across 10 states.[11] Green also founded Two Rivers Medical Foundation, which provides healthcare to underserved populations throughout the world via medical mission trips, and operates a free medical clinic in his hometown, and in Memphis, Tennessee.[11]

Green served on the boards of several for profit companies including, American Physician Partners, Align MD, and Rural Physician Partners. Green is also a board member of the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the advisory board of the political organization Latino's for Tennessee since 2015.

In 2015, Green was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Williamson College in Franklin, Tennessee.[11][12]

Political careerEdit

Tennessee State SenateEdit

He was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2012, defeating Democratic incumbent Tim Barnes.[7][13][14] He was rumored to be considering a challenge to Lamar Alexander in the 2014 U.S. Senate election,[15] but declined to do so.[16]

On January 4, 2017, Green officially filed paperwork to run for Governor as a Republican candidate for the 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial election.[17] However, when 7th District congresswoman Marsha Blackburn announced she was running for the United States Senate, Green announced he was running for the open congressional seat.[18] His state senate district includes almost all of the northeastern portion of the congressional district.

Green is most noteworthy for his legislation ending the Hall Income Tax in Tennessee, only the second time in US history a state has repealed an income tax.[19] His legislation protecting women allowing the DNA profile of a rapist to be charged as a John Doe, ending the statute of limitations clock was widely praised.[20] Sen. Green has received awards recognizing his many laws protecting veterans and small businesses.[21][22] He has led the charge in Tennessee for automated technology in the auto manufacturing world speaking at national conferences on the topic.[23]

In 2015 Green proposed a pilot program to test an innovative solution to healthcare. The idea provides a reduced amount of healthcare dollars on a swipe card for Medicaid patients giving them choice and control. The incentive is that any dollars not spent go to the patient as an addition to their earned income check. SJR 88 passed and was signed by the governor. Currently, the request for a waiver to test the program is at CMS for approval.[24]

Green was opposed for re-election in the 2016 Republican primary but he won 84% to 16% over Lori Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee.[25] In the general election, Senator Green won re-election defeating Democrat David Cutting 67% to 33%. On January 4, 2017, Green officially filed paperwork to raise money for a potential run for Governor as a Republican candidate for the 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial election.[17]

Nomination as U.S. Army SecretaryEdit

In April 2017, Green was nominated by President Donald Trump to be United States Secretary of the Army. Green was Trump's second nominee for this position after initial nominee Vincent Viola withdrew from consideration.[26]

Green drew some opposition based on public comments directed at transgender people.[27] A statement that Green made which brought wide attention to him in the media was made before a Tea Party group in September 2016 at a gathering in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At that event Green said, "If you polled the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you that transgender is a disease."[28] As well as his support for a state law which defined access to public restrooms for transgender individuals matching their legal sex, rather than gender identity.

The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5 (which provides guidlines for psychiatric professionals), has stated that "gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition."

In an internet radio talk show with CJ Porter, Green also stated that his duty as a state senator is to "crush evil."[29] Both Green and Porter state Green was talking about sexual predators and members of ISIS.[30] However, the Huffington Post asserted Green suggested Transgender people were evil.[31] In the next question during the interview, Green clearly states "this is not about transgenders. The transgenders are not hurting anyone."[32]

Green also stated that if school districts "want to have a bathroom that's separate for all of the, you know, guys or gals with question marks" but were concerned the "AFL-CIO is going to sue you, well I got your back." It is assumed Green meant the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) not the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO).[33] Green has also said that he would "not tolerate" students learning about Muslim beliefs and practices.[34]

Green withdrew his nomination on May 5, 2017.[35]

7th Congressional District candidacyEdit

Green is the Republican nominee for the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives election in Tennessee's 7th congressional district after running unopposed for the Republican nomination.[3] His state senate district includes much of the northern portion of the congressional district.

Personal lifeEdit

Green is a creationist and rejects the theory of evolution, although he does subscribe to the survival of the fittest aspects of evolution theory.[36][37] He and his wife, Camie, live near Ashland City, in Montgomery County. He has two children.[8][38]


  • Green, Mark (2011). A Night With Saddam. p. 236. ISBN 0557153190.


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  31. ^ Terkel, Amanda (April 20, 2017). "Trump Pick For Army Secretary Says He Opposes Transgender Equality Because He Must 'Crush Evil'". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  32. ^ Porter, C.J. (2016). "The Hotwash internet radio interview C.J. Porter and Senator Mark Green". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  33. ^ "Trump derelict in filling key military defense roles". MSNBC. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  34. ^ Michael Collins (April 16, 2017). "Muslims, LGBT Advocates prepare to fight Mark Green's nomination as Army Secretary". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
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  36. ^ Anna Giaritelli (May 1, 2017). "Army Secretary nominee Mark Green once called evolution a 'bad argument'". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  37. ^ CNN Kfile "Dr. Mark Green", 2015 lecture by Tennessee state senator Mark Green at a Cincinnati church speaking about creation versus evolution. Soundcloud audio file. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  38. ^ Green's listing at Tennessee State Senate page

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