Zachary Paul "Zach" Wamp (born October 28, 1957 in Fort Benning, Georgia) is a Republican politician representing the 3rd Congressional district of Tennessee (map) since 1995. The district is based in Chattanooga and includes large parts of East Tennessee, including Oak Ridge.
Wamp was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and grew up in East Ridge, Tennessee, a bedroom community adjacent to Chattanooga, where his father established his business as an architect. He attended parochial elementary school (The Lutheran School) and then, along with his two brothers, attended the McCallie School, a boy's boarding and day school in Chattanooga, as a day student, from the age of 11 until he graduated in 1976. He was active in athletics as a member of the varsity cheerleading (football) and basketball teams. He was baptized, raised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He spent his first freshman year at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977–78 and briefly returned in 1979–80 after a second freshman year at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in between (1978–79). However, he matriculated from neither and struggled with drug and alcohol problems as a student before ultimately dropping out of college for good..
After leaving college, Wamp was a sales representative for Olan Mills, a photography company based in Chattanooga that primarily produces church directories, and later a commercial and industrial real estate broker. He worked in his family's architectural and development business and became vice president of Charter Real Estate Corporation in 1989. In 1992, he joined Fletcher Bright Co. in Chattanooga as a commercial and industrial real estate broker. A recognized industry leader, he sold millions in real estate, including more than $20 million in only five years.