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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, Tennessee
Former Commissioner, Finance and Administration, Tennessee
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1974
Date of birthAugust 24, 1952
Place of birthOrangeburg, SC
Net worth$41,539,508
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Corker (b. August 24, 1952, in Orangeburg, South Carolina) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee. Corker was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Corker previously served as the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]

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.


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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Corker serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


Corker served on the following Senate committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[3] 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.[4]

National security

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."[5]

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."[6]

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.[7] It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[8][7] 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.[8]

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.[8] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Corker was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.[9]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

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.[11][12][13]

According to the website Breitbart, Corker was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[14][15]

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."[16]


No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" 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 suspended 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.[17]


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "Yes" 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.[18]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]



See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2012

Corker won the election.[21] Corker was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated Brenda Lenard, Mark Twain Clemens, Fred Anderson, and Zach Poskevich in the August 2, 2012 Republican primary. He faced 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.[22][23]

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

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.[25]

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


Breakdown of the source of Corker's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[26] This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by House winners in 2012.[27]

Cost per vote

Corker spent $5.62 per vote received in 2012.


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.[28]

Corker most often votes with:

Corker least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Corker is a "centrist Republican," as of July 2, 2013.[29]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Corker missed 24 of 1,933 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[30]

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 ranks 22nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 29th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Corker's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,625,018 and $76,453,998. That averages to $41,539,508, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 30.24% from 2010.[32]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Corker's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $11,679,048 and $107,420,996. That averages to $59,550,022, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[33]

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. Corker ranked 35th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[34]


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. Corker ranked 21st in the conservative rankings.[35]

Political positions

Voting with party


Bob Corker voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 19th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Recent news

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Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Bob Corker," Accessed November 4, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. The Washington Post, "Sen. Bob Corker: U.S. action in Syria is ‘imminent,'" August 26, 2013
  6. Politico, "Lawmakers: White House Syria briefings a flop", accessed September 12, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  12. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  13. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  14. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  15. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  22. Tennessee Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Filings," April 5, 2012
  23. Associated Press primary results
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Donor history for Bob Corker" Accessed April 25, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Bob Corker 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed August 16, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed August 16, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Bob Corker," Accessed August 8, 2013
  29. Gov Track "Corker," Accessed July 2, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Corker," Accessed April 11, 2013
  31. LegiStorm "Bob Corker"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Corker, (R-Tennessee), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Corker, (R-TN), 2010"
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Frist
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
Succeeded by