Governor Bill Haslam to Speak at GOP Reagan Day Dinner

February 21, 2014
Dwayne Page
Governor Bill Haslam

Governor Bill Haslam will be in Smithville next week to speak at the DeKalb County Republican Party's Reagan Day Dinner.

The fund raising dinner will be Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the county complex.

Haslam, former Mayor of Knoxville, is in his first term as Governor, having been elected in 2010.

Born in Knoxville, Haslam is a graduate of Emory University. He began his career in business, joining his father, Jim Haslam, who was the founder of Pilot Corporation. Haslam rose to the rank of President of Pilot Corp in the 1990s after his brother Jimmy became the company's CEO. Haslam then left Pilot and from 1999 to 2001 was the CEO of the E-Commerce and Cataloging division at the high-end department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue. He then became a consultant at Saks, served on the board of directors at Harold's Stores, Inc. and still remains a co-owner of the minor league baseball team the Tennessee Smokies.

Entering a career in politics, Haslam was elected to serve as Mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and was then elected to a second term in 2007. After Governor Phil Bredesen was term-limited and prevented from running for reelection, Haslam declared his candidacy for Governor in January 2009. He defeated Representative Zach Wamp and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey in the Republican primary and went on to defeat Democratic businessman Mike McWherter in the general election.

Having celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2013, Bill and his wife, Crissy, have also been blessed with three children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-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.

Haslam is expected to seek a second term as Governor this year.

Tickets to the dinner are $30.00 per person or $250.00 for a table of six. For ticket information email

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