Phil Bredesen is running to represent Tennesseans in the U.S. Senate and bring Congress back to basics. Phil Bredesen is a former governor, mayor and CEO who has spent his career working on common-sense solutions in the public and private sectors.
As governor of Tennessee, Phil balanced eight consecutive budgets, opposed a state income tax, kept the state government afloat during the Great Recession, reined in out-of-control spending, and championed education policies that made Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the history of the Nation’s Report Card.
Elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 — becoming the first governor in Tennessee history to win all 95 counties — Phil’s bipartisan style has garnered widespread support among Democrats and Republicans looking for thoughtful leadership. In the State Capitol, he worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to set aside partisan politics in order to advance sound policies that benefited all Tennesseans.
Before serving as Tennessee’s governor, Phil was mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999, working with citizens and community leaders to chart a course that made Music City U.S.A. one of the best places in America to live, work, and raise a family. Under his leadership, Nashville built dozens of new schools, hired hundreds of new teachers, developed a state-of-the-art library system, redeveloped downtown, expanded parks, and drove down the crime rate.