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  Corker, Bob
<-  2012-12-01  
NameBob Corker
Address1649 Minnekahda Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee , United States
Website [Link]
Born August 24, 1952 (68 years)
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Oct 05, 2018 03:03pm
InfoFormer Mayor of Chattanooga, TN.

Bob Corker formed his core convictions as a boy growing up in Chattanooga. He attended public schools, played sports and from an early age his parents instilled in him the rewards of hard work and service. His energy and work ethic were obvious as early as age 13 when he took his first job picking up trash. From his teenage years bagging ice in a cold freezer, working hard at the Western Auto or putting in long hours as a construction laborer, Bob Corker learned the value of a dollar.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management. After working four years as a construction superintendent and saving $8,000, he started his own construction company. His first big break came with a contract to build drive-through windows for Krystal restaurants. His construction business became extremely successful and eventually did work in 18 states. Over time, the acquisition of real estate and other investments became Mayor Corker's business focus and the construction arm of his company was sold in 1990. In 1999, he acquired the two largest and most historic real estate companies in Chattanooga. In recognition of his self-made business success, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga named him to their “Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame”.

His interest in public service is the continuation of a commitment he made over 20 years ago. After traveling with his church on a mission trip to Haiti he recognized a duty to offer his time and talent in public service. "From him to whom much is given, much is required" is a Biblical truth that Bob Corker has taken to heart.

Following the mission trip, the Bob Corker began a series of thoughtful, creative initiatives that involved his entire community. He was convinced that homeownership could be a turning point for many poor families. As a conservative, Bob Corker rejected the idea of handouts, and focused instead on partnering with families and offering the education and tools they needed to become responsible homeowners. He founded a non-profit organization that has helped over 10,000 families through low-interest loans or personal training in home maintenance.

Predictably, Bob Corker's impressive leadership talents were soon tapped for work on a statewide scale. In 1995 he was appointed Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee, the most influential appointed position in state government. Among his responsibilities were the preparation and implementation of Tennessee's $13 billion state budget and overseeing the general operations of the state. He applied his same conservative philosophy to his new job----as he helped move almost 40,000 Tennesseans off welfare and into jobs and tightened the state's budget-- all the while rejecting any notion of an income tax or any tax increase.

In 2001, Chattanoogans made a decision that tremendously impacted their city over the next 4 years. They elected Bob Corker as Mayor, giving him 54% of the vote in an eleven-person field of candidates.

During his term, violent crime in Chattanooga was reduced by half, the city budget was lean and balanced and now property tax rates are the lowest since the 1950's. During his term, over $2 billion has been privately invested in the community and teachers in some of Chattanooga's most challenging schools were rewarded with incentive pay, a results-oriented effort that has dramatically raised student achievement. Recognizing the importance of developing alternative sources of energy, Bob Corker helped bring entrepreneurs to Chattanooga to work on hydrogen fuel cell technology, and today, a building in downtown Chattanooga is being powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Through Bob Corker’s vision and leadership, Outdoor Chattanooga was created, designed to promote and cause citizens to appreciate the region’s spectacular environment and God’-given natural amenities.

By applying conservative leadership principles and a businessman's focus on results, Mayor Corker made Chattanooga one of the most admired cities in the nation. An independent pollster has recently confirmed that the citizens of Chattanooga are very grateful for Bob Corker's extraordinary leadership: "If he had run for re-election, he would have pretty much been a shoo-in".

Instead, Bob Corker decided to seek the United States Senate seat being relinquished by Senator Bill Frist, seeing a need to bring the right kind of change to Washington. He has an optimistic vision for America and a deep desire to help find constructive solutions for the challenges ahead.

On August 3, 2006, Tennesseans voted to make Bob Corker their Republican nominee for the United States Senate.

Bob Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 19 years. They have two daughters, Julia (18) and Emily (17) and live in North Chattanooga. The Mayor and his family attend North Shore Fellowship.


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08/01/2018-08/08/2018 Gravis Marketing 38.00% ( 0.0) 46.00% ( 0.0) 16.00% ( 0.0)
06/11/2018-07/02/2018 SurveyMonkey 48.00% ( 0.0) 48.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 57.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0)
02/09/2011-02/13/2011 Public Policy Polling 42.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 0.0) 23.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 04, 2018 12:25pm Statement Corker: Saudi crown prince would be convicted of murder in ‘30 minutes’  Article RP 
Apr 11, 2018 11:10am Statement Corker: Tax cuts could be 'one of the worst votes I’ve made’  Article RP 
Dec 03, 2009 09:00pm News Sen. Corker's daughter carjacked in DC  Article J.R. 
Sep 04, 2009 02:00am General A GOP Senator Looking to Meet Halfway  Article Jason 
Sep 29, 2006 02:00pm News Corker Campaign Changes Leadership  Article Servo 
Jan 23, 2005 12:00am Endorsement Ann Coulter Called Best Of The Best  Article None Entered 

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