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Bill Haslam

Governor, Tennessee

Bill Haslam is the 49th and current Governor of Tennessee, elected to office in 2010. A member of the Republican party, Governor Haslam was sworn in on January 15, 2011.

He attended Emory University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1980. After graduation, Haslam returned to Knoxville and began working in his family’s chain of gas stations. The Pilot Corporation grew from 800 employees to more than 14,000 employees in 39 states by the time he left to run for Knoxville mayor.

Haslam was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and has balanced six consecutive city budgets, achieving Knoxville’s lowest property tax rate in more than 50 years.

Having celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in 2012, Bill and his wife, Crissy, have three children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and a new grandson. For 28 years, Bill and Crissy have been members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Knoxville and for 22 of those years Bill has served as an Elder.


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