|U.S. Senator from Tennessee|
From: January 3, 2007 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Robert Phillips "Bob" Corker, Jr., born August 24, 1952 (age 65), is the junior United States Senator from Tennessee. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations; Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Committee on Aging. He has voted with a majority of his Republican colleagues 84.6%.
Corker is the former mayor of Chattanooga in southeastern Tennessee and a successful businessman.
2006 Senate campaign
In 2004, Corker announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Republican, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, had said that he was not going to run for reelection in 2006. Corker faced two other Republicans in the August primary, Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary, which he won with 48% of the vote to Bryant's 34% and Hilleary's 17%. Corker's Democratic opponent in the general election was congressman Harold Ford, Jr.. Corker had been declared the winner for the Senate seat in Tennessee. Results showed that the election was close, with Corker winning by less than three percentage points.
In the November 6, 2012, general election, Corker faces the Democrat Mark E. Clayton of Davidson County, a conservative Christian who has been disowned by his own party. The Tennessee Democratic leadership urged that voters write in another choice in the pending race against Corker.