Bob Corker (R) is a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. He was first elected to the Senate in 2006 to fill the open seat that was vacated by Bill Frist, see Tennessee U.S. Senate election, 2006. Corker is also the former Mayor of Chattanooga. He portrays himself as a moderate, and he defeated two more conservative rivals for the Republican nomination: Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary.
While he was mayor, Chattanooga's 9-1-1 service was grossly understaffed, leading to thousands of unanswered distress calls.
Quesionable Pension Investments
As mayor of Chattanooga, Corker got the city to invest its employee pension plan into Delta Capital Management, a Memphis investment firm that was run by Corker's buddies. Corker himself had previously lost $1 million in a failed investment with the same firm.
While he was mayor, Corker made millions of dollars selling land to WalMart. (Source: Old lawsuit back to haunt Corker in race, By Marc Perrusquia and Richard Locker, Memphis Commercial Appeal, August 20, 2006.)
Family of black sheep
- Bob Corker for Senate - campaign website