November 2, 2017

NASHVILLE – As Republican Congressional Leadership unveils their so-called “tax reform” plan – another bill written behind closed doors without public input – Iraq war combat veteran and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate James Mackler called on Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to release her personal tax returns to Tennesseans.

“I’m running for U.S. Senate because Tennesseans need a senator that will stand up for them rather than catering to special interests and corporate lobbyists,” said James. “Congresswoman Blackburn should tell Tennesseans exactly how much she stands to gain from the latest special interest give away her leadership calls ‘tax reform’ and release her tax returns from all of her years in Washington.”

Since resigning from his job to launch his campaign in April, James has raised over $750,000 from thousands of individual contributions from Tennesseans across 83 counties.



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

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