About Dr. Joshua Williams


Why I'm Running

It is time for true, effective leadership in Washington. We need leaders who say what they mean, mean what they say, and know how to get things done. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to listen to good advice just because it comes from somebody in the other political party.

The Administration and the majority in Congress have shown over and over that they don’t understand or don’t care about the hopes and needs of most of us.I believe it is my duty to try and change that.

I promise to stand up for the working people of East Tennessee: the folks who go to work every day, who try their hardest to provide for their families, who give back to their communities every chance that they get. The people who are tired of leaders who promise to make things better, and then cast votes that will make things even worse.

I want to fight for the progress we need in Tennessee. By making sure that all Tennesseans have affordable health insurance, by attracting new businesses with well-paying jobs to our area, and by ensuring the safety and security of all Americans without sacrificing our Constitutional civil liberties. I want to lead the effort in Congress to tackle the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and families from all walks of life.

I look forward to serving you,

- Dr. Joshua Williams

Josh and Laurie


Dr. Williams has been a practicing health professional in our community for the past 30 years. He graduated from UT with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and after his internship, returned to Knoxville and directed a community mental health center in Maryville. Several years later, he headed up a new division at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, providing mental health treatment and counseling for children and families. He spearheaded the effort to build a premier treatment center for our area’s children that earned national attention and acclaim. Over the years he and the Children’s Hospital’s staff helped over 2,000 troubled children and their families from over 20 counties in Tennessee.

As an independent business owner and hospital administrator, Joshua has balanced budgets, dealt with payroll and insurance challenges, and strived to give back to this community that he loves through volunteer work.

He met his wife Dr. Laurie Williams in graduate school at the University of Tennessee. They've been happily married for more than 34 years. Together they raised three children: Rachel, Jennie, and Noah, who are now successful young adults and all graduates of great public schools in Knoxville.