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Bob Corker
Bob Corker.jpg
U.S. Senate, Tennessee
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorWilliam H. Frist (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Former Mayor, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Former Commissioner, Finance and Administration, Tennessee
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1974
Date of birthAugust 24, 1952
Place of birthOrangeburg, S.C.
Net worth$49,114,509
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Corker (b. August 24, 1952, in Orangeburg, S.C.) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee. Corker was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Corker is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Corker previously served as the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee from 2001 to 2005 and Commissioner of the Tennessee Finance and Administration Department from 1995 to 1996.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Corker's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 2007-Present: U.S. Senator from Tennessee
  • 2001-2005: Served as Mayor of Chattanooga
  • 1995-1996: Served as commissioner, Tennessee Finance and Administration Department
  • 1974: Received his B.S. from University of Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Corker serves on the following committees:[2]


Corker served on the following Senate committees:[3]:


Corker served on the following Senate committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Corker's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Yea3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[6] It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[7][6] The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.[7]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that made up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[7] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Corker was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.[8]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Corker voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[10][11][12]

According to the website Breitbart, Corker was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[13][14]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[15]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[16] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Corker voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts.

Corker voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[18][19]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Corker voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[21]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Corker voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[23]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Corker voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[24]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Corker voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Corker voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Bob Corker's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Corker is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Corker received a score of 15 percent on social issues and 62 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Neutral Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[27] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National Security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement". The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Corker was one of the seven Republican members of the Senate who did not sign the letter.[29]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[30] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[31]


See also: United States involvement in Syria

In August 2013, Corker stated that U.S. involvement in Syria was "imminent" and that "it's up to us to intervene."[32]

Congressional briefings

On September 11, 2013, Corker blasted the briefings held with congressional members, saying in an interview with POLITICO, "Their message is just so muddled. Different audiences, they stress different things. They keep trying to find some footing that makes them feel good, or the audience feel good; it’s been the most muddled thing I’ve ever seen in my life."[33]



See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2012

Corker won re-election in 2012. He defeated Brenda Lenard, Mark Twain Clemens, Fred Anderson and Zach Poskevich in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He then defeated Mark Clayton (D), Shaun Crowell (L), David Gatchell (I), James Higdon (I), Michel Long (I) and Troy Scoggin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[34][35]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker Incumbent 64.9% 1,506,443
     Democratic Mark E. Clayton 30.4% 705,882
     Constitution Kermit Steck 0.8% 18,620
     Green Martin Pleasant 1.7% 38,472
     Libertarian Shaun E. Crowell 0.9% 20,936
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 6,523
     Independent Michael Joseph Long 0.3% 8,085
     Independent Troy Stephen Scoggin 0.3% 8,080
Total Votes 2,320,189
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Corker attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Corker is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Corker raised a total of $33,271,617 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[37]

Bob Corker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $14,412,168
2006 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $18,859,449
Grand Total Raised $33,271,617


Corker won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Corker's campaign committee raised a total of $14,412,168 and spent $8,472,064.[38] This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Corker spent $5.62 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Corker's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $8,675,020 to $89,553,998. That averages to $49,114,509, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Corker ranked as the 6th most wealthy senator in 2012.[40] Between 2006 and 2012, Corker's net worth increased from $-2,013,241 to $49,114,509. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[41]

Bob Corker Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[42]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Corker received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Securities & Investment industry.

From 1993-2014, 20.8 percent of Corker's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[43]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bob Corker Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $35,550,206
Total Spent $32,305,221
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$1,792,723
Real Estate$1,786,373
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,235,772
Health Professionals$1,053,283
% total in top industry5.04%
% total in top two industries10.07%
% total in top five industries20.8%


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[44]

Corker most often votes with:

Corker least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Corker was a "centrist Republican," as of July 30, 2014.[45] This was the same rating Corker received in July 2013.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Corker missed 39 of 2,378 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Corker paid his congressional staff a total of $2,399,016 in 2011. He ranked 22nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 29th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranked 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Corker and Johnny Isakson ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[48]


Corker ranked 35th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[49]


Corker ranked 21st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[50]

Voting with party


Bob Corker voted with the Republican Party 87.6 percent of the time, which ranked 24th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[51]


Bob Corker voted with the Republican Party 88.1 percent of the time, which ranked 19th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[52]

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  2. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  3. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
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  12. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  13. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
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  23., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  29. The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
  30. Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
  31. Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
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  35. Associated Press, "primary results"
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  40. OpenSecrets, "Corker, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  41. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  42. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Bill Frist
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
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