Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam REPRepublican

49th Governor of Tennessee

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Bill HaslamREPRepublican 49th Governor of Tennessee
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William Edward Haslam (born August 23, 1958) is an American billionaire businessman and politician who served as the 49th governor of Tennessee from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, Haslam previously served as the 67th mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born in Knoxville and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career in business, joining his father, Jim Haslam, who was the founder of Pilot Corporation. Haslam rose to president of Pilot Corp in the 1990s, after his brother Jimmy Haslam became the company's CEO. Haslam then left Pilot and from 1999 to 2001 was the CEO of the e-commerce and cataloging division at the department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue. He then became a consultant at Saks and later served on the board of directors at Harold's Stores, Inc. He is a co-owner of the minor league baseball team the Tennessee Smokies. He was elected Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee in the 2003 Knoxville mayoral election with 52% of the vote. He was reelected in the 2007 Knoxville mayoral election, winning 87% of the vote, and served until 2011. After incumbent Governor Phil Bredesen was term-limited, Haslam declared his candidacy for the office in January 2009.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Emory University
Webb School of Knoxville
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
State of Tennessee
2010 - 2019
City of Knoxville
2003 - 2010
Tennessee Smokies Minor League Baseball team
Chief Executive Officer
E-commerce & Catalog Division, Saks Fifth Avenue
1999 - 2001
Campaign Worker
Howard Baker Campaign
Campaign Worker
Lamar Alexander Campaign
Chief Executive Officer
Pilot Travel Centers
Other Experience1 - 2 of 2
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Volunteer Leader
Young Life