As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to making America a more prosperous place to live. No stranger to adversity and hard work, Marsha went to college on a 4-H scholarship and worked her way through school selling books for the Southwestern Company. She was one of their first female sales associates and one of their first female sales managers, assisting the company in establishing a division focused on women. She later founded Marketing Strategies, focused on the retail marketplace and expanded her work to electronic and print media with consumer segments and articles. Today, Congressman Blackburn is often selected by her colleagues to lead the charge for common sense reform, having earned a special reputation as a bi-partisan leader and policy expert. Blackburn is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and continues her involvement in numerous charitable organizations.