A retired judge who has thrown his hat into the ring to replace U.S. Congressman Diane Black, who is trying to become Tennessee's next governor, spent much of Monday in Cookeville.
Retired judge Bob Corlew of Mt. Juliet started the day having breakfast with voters in Sumner County before heading to a fast food restaurant in Cookeville, having coffee at a local coffee shop, meeting Cookeville officials at city hall and ending the day speaking to members of Tennessee Tech's Student Government Association.
"To be very fair, I've always had an interest in government," Corlew said Monday afternoon. "In high school, I worked a year as a page in Congress. That whetted my appetite."
After spending 30 years as a judge and 15 years teaching law classes, Corlew traveled to various countries as international president of the Lions Club before announcing in January to become a Republican candidate for Tennessee's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House.
Corlew said he's concerned about the country's morals and wants to restore Christian values to government. He's also concerned about bringing more jobs to the 6th District, which includes Putnam as well as Macon, Cannon, Smith, Clay, Overton, Sumner, DeKalb, Trousdale, Jackson, Robertson, Wilson, Fentress, Cumberland, Coffee, Pickett and White counties.
He's also worried about the national debt.
"I'm frustrated with the bills continuing through Congress," he said. "The government seems to spend money like there's no tomorrow. We need to balance the budget and reduce the national debt."
Other Republican candidates in the 6th Congressional District include Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, Christopher Brian Monday of Cookeville, John Rose of Cookeville and Lavern "Uturn LaVern" Vivio of Springfield. Democratic candidates for that seat are Dawn Barlow of Rickman, Christopher Martin Finley of Nashville, Peter Heffernan of Gallatin and Merrilee Wineinger of Hendersonville. Independent candidates are Lloyd Dunn of Portland and David Ross of White House.
Today is Tax Day, the annual reminder to American taxpayers that we send too much of our hard-earned money to the federal government. In return, taxpayers get less than stellar service and an out-of-control national debt.
Throughout the course of this campaign, the voters of the 6th Congressional District have told me they want their next Congressman to vote to keep their taxes low and to balance the budget. Under President Trump, things are getting better but far too many families and individuals are stretching every dollar at home and are left with tough spending decisions related to basic necessities. Tennesseans are gathering around their kitchen tables balancing household budgets and Washington should be expected to do the same.
While my two opponents have supported tax and fee increases that would hurt the average Tennessean, I will reject voting for tax increases when I am in Congress. I was honored to sign the Americans for Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” and their pledge to repeal the estate tax. Additionally, I support the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution because the career politicians in Washington have refused to get serious about balancing the budget and reducing the debt. In Congress, I will stand with President Trump and conservatives in Congress to keep our taxes low and balance the budget to ensure Tennesseans keep more of their hard-earned paycheck.
President Trump’s Tennessee State Director and Campaign Pollster join experienced Corlew campaign team.
Today, Bob Corlew, the conservative Republican candidate for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, announced his campaign team.
“When I made the decision to run for Congress, I set out to put together a marquee team of conservative professionals who have a record of winning elections in Tennessee and across the country. This team more than fits that bill,” said Bob Corlew, the conservative Republican for Congress. “I feel confident that we are in a great position to be successful so that the people of Tennessee's 6th Congressional District will have a Congressman who will work with President Trump and bring Christian Conservative Tennessee values to Congress."
Bob Corlew for Congress Campaign Team
Pollster: Tony Fabrizio
Tony Fabrizio, a partner in Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, is widely recognized as an expert in public opinion and politics and one of the nation’s leading GOP pollsters and strategists. Fabrizio has served as the Chief Pollster on four Presidential campaigns, most notably and recently Donald Trump’s successful 2016 upset victory.
Senior Advisor: Darren Morris
Darren Morris served as President Trump’s 2016 State Director for Tennessee and as Chief of Staff for the state of Florida. Morris is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in successful political management and grassroots organization efforts across the United States.
Senior Advisor: Gregory Gleaves
Gregory Gleaves is the president of Direct Edge Campaigns and is the former Executive Director of the Tennessee Republican Party. Under his leadership at the TNGOP, the Governor’s office was flipped, the Congressional delegation changed from 5-4 Democrats to 7 -2 Republicans, and there was a 14-seat pick-up in the state house.
Senior Advisor: Penny Judd
Penny Judd brings almost two decades of leadership serving in roles at the federal, state, and local levels with appointments to The White House, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Department of Labor and most recently, led Community Relations at TVA. Judd graduated from Tennessee Tech University and also completed TVA’s Leadership Management Program from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Campaign Manager: George Wass
George Wass brings extensive organizing and grassroots experience to the Corlew campaign as he served as State Operations Manager and Field Director for Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina.
General Consultant: Mark Braden
Mark Braden is a seasoned political operative with extensive experience in Tennessee politics who has served as the campaign manager for three U.S. Senators and worked in other senior-level positions with elected officials and leaders.
Media: Jonathan Poe
Jonathan Poe is a partner at Rising Tide Media Group and was named one of the country’s top 10 political operatives by POLITICO and was recognized by Charlie Cook as “one of the most talented operatives ever to work at a House or Senate Committee.”
There are 450,000 veterans in Tennessee and the 6th Congressional District is home to some of the most veteran-heavy counties in the state.
We have a responsibility to care for veterans and their families, especially those veterans who were injured or disabled while in the line of duty. Over the years, there have been well-intentioned efforts to reform the VA, but we still find veterans are still waiting too long for health care and too much of the care they do receive is sub-standard.
Additionally, military families are the backbone of our military and supporting military families is so important to protect our country’s national security. Military families face significant fiscal strain and uncertainty due to of frequent moves and having single incomes. According to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, military spouses face unemployment rates four times higher than the national average.
To support veterans and military families, Congress must enact substantial and long-term reforms that prioritize the veteran and their families. I will fight for veterans and military families to:
- Offer veterans the choice of private health care with funds from the VA, and further reform health insurance for future veterans.
- Put forward reforms to increase the transparency of the Veterans Health Administration
- Put forward policies to retain top talent in the military and focusing on supporting their support-network
- Provide more transition assistance and make it available to spouses.
- Work to promote business ownership programs for military veterans and their families as entrepreneurship could be more attractive with their changing schedules.
- Find public and private partnerships to ensure veterans and military families who become addicted to opioids get the treatment they need and deserve.
- Provide more child care for military families
- Update and modernize our family health centers, online and offline
- Partner with non-profit organizations to provide military veterans and their families with family and marriage counseling
- Promote greater integration for military families in their local communities through private-public partnerships
A United States Army veteran and former judge, Mt. Juliet resident Bob Corlew recently announced his candidacy for the open 6th Congressional seat in Tennessee.
A self-described conservative, Corlew in 2017 served as Lions Club International president after retiring from 30 years of service as a judge, most recently serving Cannon and Rutherford counties as chancery court judge.
“I have dedicated my life to public service, not political service, serving my community and my country. I am veteran, a teacher, a servant leader, but most importantly, I am a grandpa of eight wonderful grandchildren,” Corlew said. “I am a Christian conservative who believes Tennessee’s values are worth fighting for. President Trump needs folks who will work with him, not against him, and I will work with President Trump to make our community and our country great again.”
While at Davidson College, Corlew served as senior class president, vice president of the student body and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completion of the ROTC program. He then graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio.
After graduating from law school, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, ultimately earning the rank of First Lieutenant. He has also served as captain of the Tennessee National Guard and as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve.
In 1984, Corlew was elected general sessions judge at the age of 31, making him one of the youngest judges in Tennessee at the time. In 1990, he was elected chancery court judge overseeing civil cases in Cannon and Rutherford counties. He served in this role until his retirement from the bench in 2014.
Corlew has also served in leadership roles including state president of the Tennessee State Jaycees, the Boy Scouts of Tennessee, the Red Cross and the Reserve Officers Association of Tennessee. In addition, he has been a small business owner, attorney and real estate developer, as well as a professor of law at Nashville School of Law and an adjunct professor in the aerospace department at Middle Tennessee State University.
He and his wife Dianne live in Mt. Juliet and have a farm in Milton. Dianne, a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, has served as a pediatric physician’s assistant throughout Middle Tennessee, including in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. They have five grandchildren and eight grandchildren.
onservative, U.S. Army veteran and former Judge Bob Corlew has announced his candidacy for the open 6th Congressional Seat in Tennessee.
In 2017, Corlew served as Lions Club International President after retiring from thirty years of service as a judge, most recently serving Cannon and Rutherford Counties as Chancery Court Judge.
"I have dedicated my life to public service, not political service, serving my community and my country. I am a veteran, a teacher, a servant leader, but most importantly, I am a grandpa of eight wonderful grandchildren," stated Bob Corlew. "I am a Christian Conservative who believes Tennessee's values are worth fighting for. President Trump needs folks who will work with him, not against him, and I will work with President Trump to make our community and our country great again."
Biography of Bob Corlew
From a very young age, Bob Corlew has been dedicated to serving his community and his country. His dedication to public service started in the 2nd grade as Bob organized "The 77 Club," a group of his fellow classmates that focused on serving their community and their school. In high school, Bob earned the rank of Eagle Scout and served in the U.S. Senate Page program in Washington, D.C. While at Davidson College, Bob was senior class president, vice president of the student body, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completion of the ROTC program. Bob then graduated from St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio, Texas where he was the Executive Editor of the Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Bob served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, ultimately earning the rank of First Lieutenant. Bob has also served as Captain of the Tennessee National Guard and as a Major in the United States Army Reserve.
In 1984, Bob was elected General Sessions Judge at the age of thirty-one, making him one of the youngest judges in Tennessee at the time. In 1990, Bob was elected Chancery Court Judge overseeing civil cases in Cannon and Rutherford Counties. He served in this role until his retirement from the bench in 2014.
The grandson of a minister, Bob grew up in the Presbyterian Church and has served as Chair of Board of Deacons at his church. His core values instilled at home and church are essential to his strong character today.
Bob's commitment to serving his neighbors and those in need runs deep. He has served community organizations in a variety of leadership positions, most notably with Lions Club International.
Lions Club International is the world's largest service organization that is organized to "empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding." Bob served in a number leadership roles that culminated to being elected as Lions Club International President in 2016.
In the one year Bob served as Lions Club International President, Lions Club International provided aid to over 70 million people worldwide and the organization's membership grew by over 40,000, the biggest growth year for the organization in decades. Bob has traveled to over 100 countries on behalf of Lions Club International, many times meeting with heads of state and community leaders to further the goals of the Lions Club and facilitate service goals in those countries.
Bob has also served in leadership roles including State President of the Tennessee State Jaycees, the Boys Scouts of Tennessee, the Red Cross, and the Reserve Officers Association of Tennessee.
Bob has also contributed to his community as a small business owner, attorney and real estate developer. Bob also was a Professor of Law at Nashville School of Law for 15 years and an Adjunct Professor in the Aerospace department at Middle Tennessee State University.
He and his wife Dianne live in Mount Juliet in Wilson County and have a farm in Milton that is less than 11,000 feet from the 6th District. Dianne, a graduate of Mount Juliet High School, has served as pediatric physician's assistant throughout Middle Tennessee, including Lebanon and Mount Juliet. They have five children and eight grandchildren."
A former judge and president of Lions Club International has filed paperwork to run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Diane Black.
Bob Corlew of Mount Juliet promises on a campaign website to support President Donald Trump, “build the wall” and “restore the rule of law.”
Corlew was president last year of Lions Club International, a service organization with members in more than 200 countries. He was also a general sessions and chancery court judge for 30 years until his retirement in 2014, according to a campaign biography.
Corlew’s campaign treasurer is listed as Bradley Crate, who served as chief financial officer for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president. According to Politico, Crate also served as treasurer for two joint fundraising committees supporting Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“Under President Trump things are turning around, but President Trump needs folks who will work with him, not against him,” Corlew says on his campaign site. “It used to be that if you played by the rules and worked hard, you would be able to get your slice of the American Dream. But sadly, politicians in both parties have weakened America by making our country less safe, less secure, and less American.”
Bob Corlew, a U.S. Army veteran and former judge living in Wilson County, has announced he will run for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's 6th District Congressional seat.
Corlew sent out a news release late Tuesday evening and posted a campaign video on YouTube.
“I'm running for because I've dedicated my life to public service, not political service, serving my community and my country," Corlew said in the video. "It used to be if you played by the rules and worked hard you would be able to get your slice of the American Dream, but sadly politicians from parties have weakened America."
Corlew's video elaborated on his conservative Christian values and support for President Trump, who he said "needs folks who will work with him, not against him."
Black announced in August that she would not seek re-election and would instead run for Tennessee governor, leaving her seat open in the very conservative 6th district, which includes 17 counties in northern Middle Tennessee.
Since then, state Sen. Mark Green, state Rep. Judd Matheny, political strategist and CNN contributor Scottie Nell Hughes and Nashville businessman and former Tennessee Department of Agriculture commissioner John Rose have expressed interest.
Rose and Matheny have launched campaigns while Green opted to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for U.S. Senate.
But word circulated early on in political circles that Corlew, who most recently served as a judge in Cannon and Rutherford Counties, was considering running and could also raise the funds necessary for a competitive campaign.
Corlew served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox after law school and was elected as a General Sessions Judge in 1984 and in 1990 as Chancery Court judge in Cannon and Rutherford Counties overseeing civil case until his retirement in 2014.
In 2016, he served as the president of Lions Club International.
The release said Corlew and his wife Dianne live in Mount Juliet and have five children and eight grandchildren.