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|U.S. Senate, Tennessee|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||8|
|Predecessor||William H. Frist (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 2018|
|Former Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|Former Commissioner, Finance and Administration, Tennessee|
|Bachelor's||University of Tennessee, 1974|
|Date of birth||August 24, 1952|
|Place of birth||Orangeburg, SC|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Corker's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Corker serves on the following Senate committees:
- Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
- Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
- Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
- Foreign Relations
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.
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.
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."
Corker won the election. 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..
|U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bob Corker Incumbent||64.9%||1,506,443|
|Democratic||Mark E. Clayton||30.4%||705,882|
|Libertarian||Shaun E. Crowell||0.9%||20,936|
|Independent||Michael Joseph Long||0.3%||8,085|
|Independent||Troy Stephen Scoggin||0.3%||8,080|
|Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
On November 7, 2006, Corker won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Harold E. Ford, Jr., Ed Choate, David Gatchell, Emory “Bo” Heyward, Gary Keplinger, Christopher Joseph Lugo, James Anthony Gray, Gloria D. Reagon Price, and Mary Taylor Shelby in the general election.
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.
|Bob Corker's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. Senate (Tennessee)||$14,412,168|
|2006||U.S. Senate (Tennessee)||$18,859,449|
|Grand Total Raised||$33,271,617|
|Bob Corker Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 12, 2012||$7,389,337.44||$1,164,932.29||$(528,912.97)||$8,025,356.76|
|July Quarterly||July 12, 2012||$8,025,356.76||$851,118.14||$(1,466,659.92)||$7,409,814.98|
|October Quarterly||October 12, 2012||$6,311,937.17||$649,581.95||$(621,686.97)||$6,339,832.15|
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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 he 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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.
- 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.
Percentage voting with party
Bob Corker voted with the Republican Party 94.2 of the time, which ranked 11 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.
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- Gov Track "Bob Corker," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Bob Corker," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
- Tennessee Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Filings," April 5, 2012
- Associated Press primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets "Donor history for Bob Corker" Accessed April 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's April Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's July Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's October Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
- GovTrack, "Corker," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm "Bob Corker"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Corker, (R-Tennessee), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Corker, (R-TN), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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