175 Makers of History: Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam 80C
49th Governor of Tennessee

Bill Halsam

While attending Emory, Bill Haslam volunteered during the summers for U.S. Senators Howard Baker and Lamar Alexander, gaining an understanding of the leadership needed to govern.

After graduation, he returned to Tennessee to work for his father's chain of gas stations. There, Haslam learned the ways of a successful CEO of a complicated enterprise.

In 2003, he ran successfully for mayor of Knoxville. Reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote, Haslam balanced seven consecutive city budgets. Running for governor in 2010, Haslam secured the largest victory of any non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee's history on November 2, 2010.