Corker turns from thorn to advocate

SPRING HILL, Tenn., April 10 (UPI) -- Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a vocal critic of car company bailouts, is now fighting to save an auto factory in Tennessee that looks vulnerable to closing.

Corker sees credit as key to recovery

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An influential Republican senator said Sunday that getting credit markets back in action is still a critical need for the overall U.S. economy.

Mandela removed from U.S. terrorism list

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Officials say Nelson Mandela will be removed from U.S. terrorism watch lists under a new law waiving travel restrictions on the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

U.S. lawmakers visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Four Republican members of the U.S. Congress met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to urge the restoration of democracy.

Ford chosen to head DLC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., has been chosen to chair the Washington-based Democratic Leadership Council.

Republican Corker wins Tenn. Senate race

NASHVILLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Republican Bob Corker defeated Democrat Rep. Harold Ford to win Tennessee's U.S. Senate seat, ending Ford's bid to become the second black in the Senate.

Report: Corker wins Tenn. Senate race

NASHVILLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- CBS News late Tuesday projected Republican Bob Corker had defeated Democrat Harold E. Ford Jr. for the open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.

Ford: Democrat can win in the Old South

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., running for the seat being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, rejects the idea a Democrat can't win in the South.

Rural vote key to U.S. Senate Democrats

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Winning a U.S. Senate majority will be a nail-biter for Democrats, based on Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg polls of voters in three key rural states.

Chicken-suit volunteer has row with rival

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 15 (UPI) -- A volunteer for Tennessee Senate candidate Bob Corker says he was almost run down by a man from a rival campaign who was wearing a chicken suit.

Hilleary to run for Senate in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, March 15 (UPI) -- The race to succeed U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., in 2006 kicked up a notch as ex-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary declared for the seat.
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Bob Corker
Freshman Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) sits during a photo-op in outgoing Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) office, on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 14, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Robert Phillips "Bob" Corker, Jr. (born August 24, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Tennessee. Before his election to the Senate in 2006, he served as mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee from 2001 to 2005. Corker was a successful businessman prior to holding public office.

Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Corker moved to Tennessee at the age of 11. He graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1974. Corker is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He and his wife Elizabeth, whom he married on May 18, 1987, have two daughters. The family's permanent residence is at the Anne Haven mansion built by Coca-Cola Bottling Company heirs Anne Lupton and Frank Harrison.

After working four years as a construction superintendent, he started his own construction company, Bencor, which he sold in 1990. In 1999, he purchased the two largest real estate companies in Chattanooga, Osborne Building Corporation and the Stone Fort Land Company, making him the largest private land owner in Hamilton County, Tennessee. He sold most of these holdings in 2006 to Henry Luken. His business successes have made Corker a multimillionaire.

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