NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

“I joined the Army after 9/11 because I felt like I had to do more and I entered this U.S. Senate race eight months ago because I felt called to public service,” said James. “Public service is under attack when extremists like Marsha Blackburn vote to end AmeriCorps. Washington is broken. No one is working for Tennesseans and we need people who are going to work for common sense solutions. This is the time for unity and there is no time to waste which is why I am happy to be endorsing Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate.”

“I’m honored to receive James Mackler’s support and I admire his deep commitment to service to our nation,” said Gov. Bredesen. “I look forward to watching the success of James’ ‘Believe in Service’ initiative and working with him in the future.”

James raised nearly a million dollars from thousands of individual contributions from Tennesseans across 83 counties since launching his campaign for U.S. Senate in April. Yesterday, James launched a political action committee called “Believe in Service” that will support federal candidates who will protect and expand valuable national service programs like AmeriCorps.



When America was attacked on September 11, 2001, attorney James Mackler felt the need to do something. A successful attorney in private practice, he closed shop to enlist in the Army, spending three years as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division including a deployment in Iraq.

Upon his return from Iraq, James transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps where he prosecuted murderers and rapists. In civilian practice, he’s continued to work finding ways to apply the law to improve the lives of others.

James left the active duty in 2011 but continues to serve in the Tennessee Air National Guard. A graduate of Duke University, he earned a law degree from the University of Washington.

James ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 2017, raising nearly $1 million from Tennesseans across 83 counties. In December, he launched “Believe in Service,” a political action committee to help candidates that will protect and expand our valuable public service programs like AmeriCorps.

James, 45, resides in Nashville with his wife and their two young children.

Learn more at www.BelieveInService.com.