The Wilson Post: Mt. Juliet's Corlew announces congressional bid

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.