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Phil Bredesen

Governor, State of Tennessee, Tennessee

Phil Bredesen took office as Tennessee's 48th governor in January 2003 and was re-elected in November 2006, setting education as the state's top priority. He expanded the state's pilot Pre-K initiative and established the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, a statewide expansion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to all 95 counties, which has since delivered more than 10 million books to Tennessee children. He led Tennessee's effort to be selected as one of two winning states in the first round of Race to the Top, a national education improvement competition that will bring $500 million in K-12 funding over the next four years. Tennessee has experienced tremendous progress in economic development and job creation under Bredesen's leadership, including 50 new corporate headquarters, 184,173 new jobs and more than $32 billion in capital investments. Bredesen grew up in rural Shortsville, N.Y, and earned a degree in physics from Harvard University. He served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999. Before entering public service, he founded HealthAmerica Corp.

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