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Bob Corker (R) – US Senator

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Website: Bob Corker Website
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Washington, D.C. Office
United States Senate
Dirksen Senate Office Building
SD-185
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-3344
Fax: 202-228-0566

Knoxville Office
800 Market Street, Suite 121
Knoxville, TN 37902
Main: 865-637-4180
Fax: 865-637-9886

Biography

Bob Corker grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended public schools, played sports, and from an early age learned to love and value hard work. He took his first job at age 13 picking up trash and spent his teenage years bagging ice, working at the Western Auto and putting in long hours as a construction laborer.

Bob graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a degree in Industrial Management, and after working four years as a construction superintendent, he started his own construction company with $8,000. The company grew as it quickly gained a reputation for meeting deadlines on time and under budget and eventually expanded to operations in 18 states. Over time, Bob’s business interests evolved to acquiring and developing commercial real estate.

After traveling with his church on a mission trip to Haiti in his late twenties, Bob began to take a closer look at needs in his own community. He led the creation of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a non-profit organization that today has helped over 10,000 families secure decent, fit and affordable housing through low-interest loans and personal training in home maintenance.

In 1994, Bob was appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration, where he served for two years in the highest appointed office in state government. As commissioner, he tightened the state’s budget and helped move almost 40,000 Tennesseans off welfare and into jobs.

In 2001, Bob was elected mayor of Chattanooga. He transformed Chattanooga’s waterfront – attracting $2.1 billion of investment to revitalize the city, implemented merit bonus pay for teachers which dramatically raised student achievement in some of the city’s most challenged schools, and worked with local law enforcement officials to cut violent crime in half.

On November 7, 2006, Bob Corker was elected to serve the people of Tennessee in the United States Senate. He is a member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and ranking member of the Special Committee on Aging.

Bob and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, Julia and Emily. The Corker family lives in Chattanooga.

Where Bob Stands on the Issues:

Fighting Crime
Senator Bob Corker believes in tough law enforcement, severe penalties for those who commit crime, and continued funding for law enforcement programs making a difference in our communities. Read More

Fiscal Responsibility
Senator Corker is profoundly concerned about the financial health of our country. For far too long our government has failed to rein in spending that continues to increase the national debt. We literally cannot afford to ignore the fact that unless we get federal spending under control, we are going to saddle our children and grandchildren with a crushing federal debt. Senator Corker believes that both parties must come together to balance the federal budget, keep taxes low and cooperate with each other to find fiscally responsible solutions to the challenges facing our country. Read More

Improving Education

Senator Bob Corker is a strong advocate for ensuring all children have access to quality education and are given the opportunity to succeed. He believes that the key to our future depends on highly educated students prepared for the 21st century and that well trained, highly performing teachers help reach that goal. Read More

Improving Health Care

Senator Bob Corker strongly believes that no issue requires an innovative cure more than our country’s ailing health care system. Today, nearly 46 million Americans, including over 800,000 Tennesseans, lack adequate health insurance to protect themselves and their families. Senator Corker believes that all Americans deserve to have access to high-quality private health insurance coverage that is both affordable and transferrable between jobs. Read More

Improving Our Nations Homeland Security

Senator Bob Corker is an advocate for strong national security. He believes the safety of our nation’s citizens and infrastructure is paramount and must be adequately protected in these times of uncertainty. Read More

Protecting the Unborn

Senator Bob Corker is a strong advocate for the protection of life. He believes life begins at the moment of conception and will vote to protect the lives of unborn children. Read More

Protecting Your Right to Bear Arms

As a hunter and sportsman, Senator Bob Corker is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment. He believes the constitution provides law abiding citizens the freedom to keep and bear arms. Read More

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