ENG: William Edward "Bill" Haslam (born August 23, 1958) is the 49th Governor of Tennessee.
Haslam is a native of Knoxville and grew up in the city, where he attended Webb School of Knoxville.He attended Emory University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in history. As a university student, he was active in the Christian group Young Life.Haslam is a member of the Beta Chi chapter of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. As a teenager, Haslam began working part-time in his family's business, the Pilot Corporation, a Knoxville-based petroleum company founded by his father Jim Haslam.Following his university graduation, he returned to Knoxville to work for Pilot, eventually becoming president and a director of the company, which runs the nationwide Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops and Pilot Food Mart convenience stores. At one time he served as chief executive officer of the e-commerce and catalog division of Saks Fifth Avenue.Haslam left Pilot to become mayor of Knoxville.
Mayor of Knoxville
Knoxville's mayoral elections are nominally non-partisan,but Haslam was known to be a member of the Republican Party when he ran for the office. He defeated Madeline Rogero to win the election in 2003,replacing retiring four-term mayor Victor Ashe, and was reelected—with 87% of the vote in 2007.Haslam identifies several successful historic preservation initiatives among his accomplishments as mayor, including saving the historic S&W Cafeteria in downtown Knoxville, building a new cinema in the city's downtown, and revitalizing the historic Bijou Theatre. In 2008 he was appointed to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by U.S. Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition but resigned early in 2009 and became a member of the National Rifle Association.
President George W. Bush; he is serving a four-year term on the Advisory Council.Haslam had been frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial election,and he formally announced his candidacy for governor in a newsletter sent to supporters on January 6, 2009.Haslam was formerly a member of the
2010 gubernatorial elections
On January 6, 2009, Haslam declared his intention to run for Tennessee governor in 2010.His campaign received contributions of $3.9 million between January and July 1 in 2009, substantially more than his Republican primary rivals. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey got $1.3 million and U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp's got $1.2 million, while Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons reported $416,000 at that time.Among Democratic candidates, businessman Mike McWherter raised $650,000 at the mid-year, followed by former State House Majority Leader Kim McMillan's $180,000.Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker endorsed Haslam for the gubernatorial election. The Tennessean wrote, "Haslam appears most likely to be able to ride Gov. Phil Bredesen's pro-business coattails, despite the different party affiliation." Knoxville News Sentinel predicted that independent voters would decide the election as usual after an intense primary that leaves the party's conservative/right wing raging. CQ Politics rated this race as leaning Republican.On the Republican side from July 1, 2009 until January 15, 2010, Haslam collected $1.8 million, Ramsey raised $1,412,593 including a $200,000 loan, Wamp raised $1,373,078 including a $61,000 loan, and Gibbons raised $225,218. Among Democrats during the six months, State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle collected $741,485 including a $300,000 personal loan, McWherter raised $402,868, and McMillan raised $159,981.According to the Middle Tennessee State University poll released on March 3, 2010, Haslam had the highest name recognition of all the candidates and 57 percent of Tennesseans didn’t care whether the next governor is a Republican or Democrat. On May 2010, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan endorsed Haslam for the Republican nomination for governor.On August 5, 2010, Haslam won in the Republican primary for governor, with almost 48 percent of the vote. Mike McWherter, son of former Governor Ned McWherter, was nominated by the Democrats after several well-known elected officials declined the candidacy. On November 2, 2010, Haslam won the gubernatorial election over Democratic candidate Mike McWherter, taking 65 percent of the vote to McWherter's 35 percent. The Republicans also increased their majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, giving the GOP complete control of state government for the first time since 1869.
Bill Haslam and his wife Crissy met at Emory University and have been married since 1981. They are the parents of two daughters and a son.Haslam is Presbyterian.
Haslam is one of the owners of the Tennessee Smokies, a minor league base
ball team in East Tennessee.His brother, current Pilot Corp. & Pilot Flying J president James Haslam III, became a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008.
May 19th, 2011