Bill Haslam is the 49th Governor of Tennessee. On November 4, 2014, Haslam secured the largest re-election victory in modern Tennessee history. Under his leadership, Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in education, economic development,
efficient government and fiscal strength.
Since 2011, Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement.
High school graduation rates are at an all-time high, and Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer
high school graduates and adults two years of community or technical college free of tuition and
In 2013, Haslam launched the Drive to 55 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary
degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025. More Tennesseans are going to college and fewer need
remediation when they get there. First-time freshmen enrollment increased 25 percent at community
colleges and 20 percent at technical colleges in one year, and the college-going rate in Tennessee increased
to a high of 62.5 percent in 2015.
Since Governor Haslam took office in 2011, more than 378,000 net new private sector jobs have been
created in Tennessee – a 17.2 percent job growth rate and, earlier this year, Tennessee’s unemployment
rate reached the lowest level in state history. Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 for advanced industry job
growth, No. 1 for jobs created through foreign direct investment and is a three-time winner of “State of the
Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine.
The governor worked with the Tennessee General Assembly in 2017 to pass the largest tax cut in
Tennessee history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation system. He and his
administration have cut more than $500 million in recurring spending, shrunk state government by 10
percent, balanced the budget every year, ensured Tennessee has the lowest debt in the country and more
than doubled the state’s savings account. For only the second time in state history, Tennessee has been
awarded a triple AAA bond rating.
In 2003, Haslam ran successfully for mayor of Knoxville and was re-elected in 2007 with 87 percent of the
vote. As mayor, he balanced eight consecutive city budgets, tripled the Rainy Day Fund, focused city
government on providing services in an efficient manner, helped found key education initiatives and
recruited and retained thousands of jobs to Knoxville.
He and his wife, Crissy, a native of Memphis, have been married for 36 years and are blessed with three
children and seven grandchildren. For more than three decades they have been members of Cedar Springs
Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Knoxville where Bill serves as an elder.