Philip Bredesen Jr.

  • Former Governor of Tennessee

Philip “Phil” Bredesen, Jr. was elected Tennessee’s 48th governor in 2002. In November 2006, he was reelected in a landslide victory, reportedly becoming the first governor in over a century to win all 95 counties in Tennessee. Before serving as Tennessee’s governor, Bredesen served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999. Prior to entering public service, Bredesen worked in the healthcare industry. Between research trips to the public library, he drafted a business plan at his kitchen table that led to the creation in 1980 of HealthAmerica Corporation, a Nashville-based healthcare management company that eventually grew to more than 6000 employees and was traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Bredesen earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 1967.