Bachelor in History and Economics, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975. Bachelor, Master of Arts in Politics and Economics, Oxford University, 1977. Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School, 1980.
Attorney Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, Nashville, 1980-1982. Member United States Congress from 4th Tennessee district, 1983—1995. Managing director Equitable Securities Corporation, Nashville, 1995-1999.
Co-founder, partner, chairman board directors Brentwood Capital Advisers LLC, 1999—2002. Member United States Congress from 5th Tennessee district, since 2003. Adjunct professor Vanderbilt University Owen School Management, Nashville, since 1995.
Board of directors Resources for the Future, since 1997. Member American Academy Ophthalmology (trustee since 1996), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Martha Bryan Hays, 1985. Children: Mary Argentine Adams, John James Audubon, Hayes Hightower.