|United States Senator
January 3, 2007
Serving with Lamar Alexander
|Preceded by||Bill Frist|
|71st Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|Preceded by||Jon Kinsey|
|Succeeded by||Ron Littlefield|
|Born||Robert Phillips Corker, Jr.
August 24, 1952
Orangeburg, South Carolina
|Alma mater||University of Tennessee (B.S.)|
Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration
Mayor of Chattanooga
Robert Phillips "Bob" Corker, Jr.2 (born August 24, 1952) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Tennessee, serving since 2007. Corker, a member of the Republican Party, is currently a ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 113th congress.
Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Corker is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. In 1978 at the age of 25, Corker founded a successful construction company, which he later sold in 1990. He ran for the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Tennessee, but was defeated by future Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in the Republican primary. Appointed by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist, Corker served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee from 1995 to 1996. He later acquired two of the largest real estate companies in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being elected the 71st Mayor of Chattanooga in 2000; serving one term as Mayor from 2001 to 2005.
Corker announced his candidacy for the 2006 U.S. Senate election in Tennessee after two-term incumbent Bill Frist announced his retirement from the Senate. Corker defeated former Representatives Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary in the Republican primary, with 47% of the vote. He later defeated Democratic Representative Harold Ford, Jr. in the general election, with 51% of the vote. In 2012 Corker was re-elected, defeating Democrat Mark E. Clayton by 65% to 30%.
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Business career
- 3 1994 Senate campaign
- 4 Mayor of Chattanooga
- 5 Senate career
- 6 Political positions
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Electoral history
- 9 See also
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
Corker was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina,3 the son of Jean J. (née Hutto) and Robert Phillips "Phil" Corker. He moved to Tennessee at the age of 11.4 He graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1974. Corker is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He and his wife Elizabeth, whom he married on January 10, 1987, have two daughters.5 The family's permanent residence is at the Anne Haven Mansion built by Coca-Cola Bottling Company heirs Anne Lupton and Frank Harrison.6 Corker's roommate at the University of Tennessee Sigma Chi fraternity was Jimmy Haslam whose brother is the current Tennessee governor Bill Haslam and who in 2012 bought the Cleveland Browns football team.7 During his twenties Corker participated in a mission trip to Haiti, which he credits with inspiring him to become more active in his home community. Following his return, Corker helped found the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit organization that has provided low-interest home loans and home maintenance education to thousands of Tennesseans since its creation in 1986.8910
In an interview with Esquire, Corker said that he started working when he was 13, collecting trash and bagging ice. Later he worked at Western Auto and as a construction laborer.11 After graduation from the University of Tennessee, he then worked for four years as a construction superintendent.12 During this time he saved up $8,000, which he used to start a construction company, Bencor, in 1978.13 The company's first large contract was with Krystal restaurants, building drive-through windows.12 The construction company became successful, growing at 80 percent per year, according to Corker, and by the mid-1980s carried out projects in 18 states.1113 He sold the company in 1990.14 In 1999, Corker acquired two of the largest real estate companies in Chattanooga: Osborne Building Corporation and Stone Fort Land Company.12 In 2006 he sold the properties and assets that had formed these companies to Chattanooga businessman Henry Luken.15
In recognition of his business success, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga named him to their “Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.”12 Corker has said that he believes his business background has been valuable in his political career and that experience "gives [him] unique insights and allows [him] to weigh in, in valuable ways".13 As of 2008, Corker's assets were estimated at $19.19 million.1617
Corker first ran for the United States Senate in 1994, finishing second in the Republican primary to eventual winner Bill Frist. During the primary campaign, Frist's campaign manager labeled Corker "pond scum" in an attack.18 Despite the rhetoric, Corker arrived in Nashville the morning after the primary to offer the Frist campaign his assistance. He went on to campaign for Frist in the general election.1920
Corker served as mayor of Chattanooga from 2001–2005. During his tenure in office he implemented a merit based bonus system for teachers. The system, established in 2002, awards teachers and principals bonuses for improving student performance at Chattanooga's lowest performing schools.21 Two years after its implementation a study published in The Tennessean showed that the percentage of third graders reading at or above grade level had increased from 53% to 74%.22
In 2003 Corker started a program called ChattanoogaRESULTS, facilitating monthly meetings with public service department administrators to evaluate their performance and set goals for improvement. The program has been continued by succeeding mayor Ron Littlefield.23 Corker has credited the increased collaboration between departments for decreasing crime in Chattanooga. City data showed a nearly 26% decrease in crime and a 50.2% reduction in violent crimes between 2001 and 2004.24
Corker was also heavily involved in the development of the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga, and later, as senator, worked with state and local officials to recruit Volkswagen to open a production facility at the site.25 Also during his tenure as mayor, Corker oversaw a $120 million riverfront renovation project, including an expansion of the Hunter Museum, a renovation of the Creative Discovery Museum, an expansion of Chattanooga's River Walk, and the addition of a new salt water building to the Tennessee Aquarium.26
In 2004, Corker announced that he would seek the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by incumbent Republican Senator Bill Frist, who had announced that he would not run for reelection. In the Republican primary election, he ran against two former congressmen, Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary. Both of his opponents ran as strong conservatives, denouncing Corker as a moderate and eventually labelling him a leftist.27 In the course of his primary campaign, Corker spent $4.2 million on television advertising, especially in the western portion of the state, where he was relatively unknown before the primary.16 In the August primary election, he won with 48% of the vote over Bryant's 34% and Hilleary's 17%.28
For the general election campaign, his Democratic opponent, Harold Ford, Jr., challenged Corker to seven televised debates across the state. In response, Corker said he would debate Ford, though he did not agree to seven debates.29 The two candidates eventually participated in three televised debates: in Memphis on October 7,30 in Chattanooga on October 10,31 and in Nashville on October 28.32
The race between Ford and Corker was described as "among the most competitive and nasty" in the country.33 In October 2006, as polls indicated that Ford maintained a slight lead over Corker,34 the Republican National Committee ran a controversial television advertisement35 attacking Ford. In the 30-second ad, sound bites of "people in the street" pronouncing Ford wrong for Tennessee were interspersed with two shots of a white woman animatedly recalling meeting Ford—who is African-American and was unmarried at the time—at "the Playboy party". The ad concludes with this woman leeringly inviting Ford to phone her.3336 The ad was denounced by many people as racist, including former Republican Senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen, who called it "a very serious appeal to a racist sentiment." Corker subsequently pulled ahead in the polls,37 and went on to win the election by less than three percentage points. He was the only new Republican Senator in the 110th Congress.38
Corker won his re-election bid with 64.9% of the vote in the November 6 general election. To win re-election, Corker faced the conservative Democrat Mark E. Clayton of Davidson County near Nashville. Clayton, who received 30.4% of the general election vote, is the vice-president of the interest group Public Advocate of the United States, based in Washington, D.C. Clayton was disavowed by his own party, the leadership of which urged Democrats to write in a candidate of their choice in the race against Corker.39
Corker has voted against a cap-and-trade measure, but said he might accept a "rational" version of the legislation. Criticizing as “political stimulus” for electoral campaigns,41 Corker became one of the only sixteen Senators who opposed the tax rebate stimulus plan.42 Later, he had described the stimulus package that passed Congress as "silly".43
Corker was one of the original members of the Gang of 10, now consisting of twenty members, which is a bipartisan coalition seeking comprehensive energy reform. The group is pushing for a bill that would encourage state-by-state decisions on offshore drilling and authorize billions of dollars for conservation and alternative energy.44
In December 2008, Corker opposed the federal bailout of failing U.S. automakers,45 and expressed doubt that the companies could be salvaged.46 Corker proposed that federal funds be provided for automakers only if accompanied by cuts in labor costs and other concessions from unions.47 Negotiations regarding Corker's proposal broke down on the evening of December 11, 2008. The United Auto Workers, which had previously accepted a series of cuts in its current contract, sought to put off any further cuts until 2011, while Corker requested that cuts go into effect in 2009.48 Republicans blamed the UAW for failure to reach an agreement, while the UAW claimed that Corker's proposal singled out "workers and retirees for different treatment and make[s] them shoulder the entire burden of restructuring."49 On December 13, 2008, Businessweek reported that Corker was "one of those responsible for winning the new Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant at a cost of $577 million in tax incentives" during his tenure as mayor of Chattanooga, raising questions about Corker's motivations during the bailout negotiations.50
On May 20, 2010, despite his initial role as the key Republican negotiator on financial regulatory reform, Corker voted against the Senate Financial Regulations Bill that if passed would increase scrutiny of financial derivatives traded by major U.S. banks and financial institutions.52 Senator Corker does not believe that the government should regulate markets more carefully, but rather that they should be regulated by current laws already on the books. Senator Corker supports the view of many conservatives that the Glass Steagall Act should not be reimplemented.53 Senator Corker has been a vocal opponent of financial regulations passed by the Senate in 2010.52 He also opposes limits to credit card fees imposed by banks on merchant transactions.54 The main critique of financial reform offered by Corker on June 10, 2010 at the joint House and Senate conference on Financial Regulation was that it would hurt industry and jobs if passed.55
In April 2013, Senator Corker was one of forty-six senators to vote against the passing of a bill which would have expanded background checks for all buyers. Corker voted with 40 Republicans and 5 Democrats to stop the passage of the bill. NY Times gave a 1% chance of Senator Corker voting "Yea" on the bill.57
- Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs58
- Committee on Foreign Relations (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on African Affairs (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on European Affairs (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs,
and International Environmental Protection (Ex Officio)
- Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy
and Global Women's Issues (Ex Officio)
- Special Committee on Aging
In the 2006 Senate race, Corker positioned himself as a conservative on most social and economic issues through television advertisements, his campaign website, and in debates.
Corker scored 83% on American Conservative Union’s 2008 Ratings of Congress.59 According to National Journal’s 2009 Vote Ratings, he was ranked as the 34th conservative member among the 40 GOP senators.60
- National Journal: 66% Conservative61
- Economic: 29% Liberal / 69% Conservative
- Social issue: 29% Liberal / 70% Conservative
- Foreign-policy: 41% Liberal / 56% Conservative
- Americans for Democratic Action: 10% (Liberal Score)62
- National Taxpayers Union: 83% (Grade: B; Rank: 24)63
In the 2006 primary campaign, Corker's opponents said that he has changed his view on abortion since his first Senate campaign in 1994.64 Corker responded that he "was wrong in 1994" when he said that the government should not interfere with an individual's right to an abortion, stating that he now believes that life begins at conception.64 Corker now says he opposes abortion rights except when the life of the mother is endangered or in cases of rape and incest.64 In the 2006 general election, Corker received the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, but the state branch of the group, Tennessee Right to Life, refused to endorse him, calling him a "pro-abortion" politician.65
Corker supports broad Second Amendment rights and "appointing Federal judges who practice judicial restraint."
Corker has expressed skepticism regarding the claims of human-caused global warming. He favors imposing a tax on carbon.68 Corker opposed John McCain's 2008 campaign proposal to suspend the 18-cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax, calling it "pandering extraordinaire".69
In 2011, Corker voted in favor of the Republican alternative budget proposed by Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a proposal that would eliminate the health care provided through the Medicare program and instead give seniors subsidies for part of the cost of obtaining private medical insurance.72 Corker referred to such programs as Medicare and Social Security as "generational theft".73
In 2013, Corker endorsed the Marketplace Fairness Act and voted for its passage in the Senate. The Marketplace Fairness Act enables states to begin collecting sales taxes on online purchases.74
Corker has become a defender of the Iraqi war since taking his seat in the 110th Congress. Despite frustration by the public, any further reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq must be based on improved conditions in the country, Corker said. He urged ultimate success will be determined by the Iraqi government, over which the U.S. has limited control, and the withdrawal of some of the troops that were added in 2007 has created some pressure on the Iraqi government, but warned that further cuts now could destabilize the country.75
Corker denied Democrat’s Afghan war strategy which boosts civilian efforts to rebuild the impoverished country and places nuclear-armed Pakistan at the center of the fight: "I have no idea what it is, other than sending additional troops. I hope we dig a lot deeper," said Corker.76 He expected that the United States is having to build the economic and governmental structure of Afghanistan after decades of war.77
On September 30, 2009 Corker opposed the health-care reform amendment that would legally allow Americans to buy cheaper Canadian drugs.78 Corker opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009,79 and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.80
In 2003, Osborne Enterprises, an affiliate of the real estate company Corker Group, sold protected wetlands near South Chickamauga Creek in Chattanooga to Wal-Mart for $4.6 million.82 In July 2003 environmental educator Sandy Kurtz filed a restraining order to stop the construction of the Wal-Mart. After briefly being upheld, the lawsuit was dismissed on July 15, 2003. The Wal-Mart opened in May 2004.83
Attorney Joe Prochaska, who represented Kurtz, served from 1992 to 1997 as a member of the Davidson County Democratic Party’s executive committee. Prochaska accused Corker of selling the land shortly after the construction easement was approved. However, public records show that the land was approved for development by the city prior to Corker becoming mayor in April 2001. As part of the development plans, the Corps of Engineers approved the filling in of 2.5 acres of the wetlands, to widen an access road, in exchange for the creation of an additional 11 acres of new wetlands in a nearby area.83 Public records show no involvement of Corker in the approval process.84
In 2006, during Corker's United States Senate campaign against Democrat Harold Ford Jr., a second lawsuit was filed by Kurtz, again represented by Prochaska, and the Tennessee Environmental Council.83 The lawsuit accused Wal-Mart of encroaching onto an adjacent protected nature area that was also held by a company owned by Corker. The suit alleged that Corker did not fully disclose his interest in the property where the Wal-Mart was built or in the adjacent nature area at the time the deal was made. The Corker campaign countered that an article published on March 5, 2003 in the Chattanooga Times Free Press publicly identified Corker's ownership interest in the land, through Osborne Enterprises, and that as mayor, a trust barred Corker from being involved in issues like these that affected his business.8384
On October 13, 2006, lawyers involved in the case announced a settlement agreement. Details of the settlement were not announced, but court records indicate that a portion of the settlement involved a 45-day option for the Tennessee Environmental Council to purchase over 13 acres (53,000 m2) of the land in dispute that the Council hopes to dedicate for public use.85
Shortly after taking office as mayor, Corker voluntarily placed his Hamilton County real estate holdings and businesses into a blind trust to avoid "even the perception of any conflict". Corker stated that the visibility of his properties and public knowledge of his ownership in them served as another check on his actions as mayor.86
On October 11, 2006, The Commercial Appeal reported that the blind trust that Corker set up to run his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest while he was mayor "may not have been all that blind".87 According to e-mails discovered by the Appeal (some of which had previously presumed to be lost):
"Corker met often with employees from his private companies while mayor from 2001 to 2005, and he shared business tips with others. Corker also got help organizing his 2001 mayoral campaign from City Hall, where a government secretary passed on voting lists and set up meetings for the millionaire commercial real estate developer."87
The e-mails show that Corker often met with officials from his private company, the Corker Group, which was part of the blind trust, while he was mayor.87 When asked about these e-mails by the Appeal, Corker said that he thought the blind trust had "worked very well" and that he had sold most of his business holdings so that he could avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest in the Senate.87
|2006 United States Senate election, Tennessee88|
|Democratic||Harold Ford, Jr.||879,976||48.0||+15.8|
|Independent||David "None of the Above" Gatchell||3,746||0.2||n/a|
|Independent||Emory "Bo" Heyward||3,580||0.2||n/a|
|Independent||H. Gary Keplinger||3,033||0.2||n/a|
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|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Tennessee
Served alongside: Lamar Alexander
|Party political offices|
|Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Tennessee
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|United States Senators by seniority
|Congressional delegations to the 110th–113th United States Congresses from Tennessee (ordered by seniority)|
|110th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | D. Davis|
|111th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | P. Roe|
|112th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | S. Cohen | P. Roe | D. Black | S. DesJarlais | S. Fincher | C. Fleischmann|
|113th||Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | S. Cohen | P. Roe | D. Black | S. DesJarlais | S. Fincher | C. Fleischmann|