May 15, 2023 - Politics

Trump backs Rep. Andy Ogles for re-election

Rep. Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., leaves the U.S. Capitol after the last votes of the week on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

Rep. Andy Ogles at the U.S. Capitol last month. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Even though the 2024 congressional election isn't top of mind, former President Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Andy Ogles for re-election last week.

  • Just a few days earlier, Ogles announced he is backing Trump for president.

State of play: Ogles did not attend a dinner with several members of Tennessee's congressional delegation last month when Trump was in Nashville for a fundraising event.

  • Following that dinner, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Bill Hagerty and Rep. John Rose unveiled their Trump endorsements in a matter of days.

Of note: Ogles' freshman campaign in the House is off to an inauspicious start after reporting by NewsChannel 5 uncovered inaccuracies in his resume.

  • After Republicans divided Nashville into three districts in 2022, Ogles flipped a seat that his predecessor Rep. Jim Cooper held since 2002 and Democrats claimed since the Civil War.

What he's saying: Trump called Ogles a "fantastic" representative.

  • "Andy is working hard to Grow the Economy, Stop Inflation, Secure our Southern Border, Uphold the Rule of Law, and Defend our Second Amendment," Trump said in a post on Truth Social.

Flashback: In the early days of the bruising District 5 Republican primary in 2022, Trump backed businessperson Morgan Ortagus, a Nashville newcomer who was a State Department aide during his administration.

  • Ortagus was later removed from the ballot by the state Republican Party because she hadn't lived in the district long enough.

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Nashville.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Nashville stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Nashville.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more