The Herald-News: Corker to Visit Dayton

Jul 11, 2007

U.S. Senator Bob Corker will be in Dayton Monday for a town hall meeting. It is Corker's first visit to Rhea County since his election in November.


The meeting will be held at Centennial Park in downtown Dayton 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, the meeting will move into the Rhea County Courthouse.


Rhea County Republican Party Chairman Elmer Hinds said Corker will speak and answer questions for about an hour.


"This town hall meeting is open to everyone, and I hope folks will take the opportunity to come down and speak first-hand with their Senator," he said.


Corker plans to listen to the concerns of Rhea County citizens, according to spokesman Chuck Harper. He also is expected to give an update on his first six months in office and introduce key members of his staff.


Corker serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Energy Committee and the Small Business Committee. He also serves on the Special Committee on Aging. He is the only freshman Republican Senator in the 110th Congress.


Corker was born in South Carolina and grew up in Chattanooga. He received a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He worked four years as a construction superintendent before starting his own construction company, Bencor, which he sold in 1990.


In 1999, he purchased two of the largest real estate companies in Chattanooga, Osborne Building Corporation and the Stone Fort Land Company. Most of his holdings were sold in 2006 to Henry Luken.


Corker first ran for the United States Senate in 1994, losing the Republican primary to the eventual winner, Bill Frist. Corker was appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Finance in 1995 by Gov. Don Sundquist. Before his election to the Senate in 2006. he was mayor of Chattanooga for four years.


He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 20 years and have two college age daughters, Julia and Emily.


Centennial Park is located at 385 Second Ave. in downtown Dayton.

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