Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

August 5, 2010 Tennessee Republican Primary Election

Candidates for Governor, Tennessee

Bill Haslam - R
www.billhaslam.comwww.billhaslam.com
(615) 741-2001
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Joe Kirkpatrick - R
Basil Marceaux, Sr. - R
Ronald L. Ramsey - R
teamronramsey.comteamronramsey.com
(423) 323-8700
54
Zach Wamp - R
www.zachwamp.comwww.zachwamp.com
(423) 756-2342
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

Exited race. Asked supporters to vote for Ronald Ramsey.

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

I Basil Marceaux Sr. as a Force Recon Marine is the first Freedmen's Bureau Agent/ Great Man of 2008 who is asking for your support and vote for the following republican prosition:

U.S.Senate of Zack wamp in 2010

Make the Court system, Congess, Army,

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

Zach Wamp is a common-sense conservative who promotes practical ideas to solve our nation's complex challenges. His energy and dogged determination have established him as a leader on issues like alternative energy, preventive health care and global security.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Bill Haslam

Born

August 23, 1958 Knoxville, Tennessee

Spouse

Crissy Haslam

Children

Annie Haslam

Leigh Haslam

Will Haslam

Hannah Haslam

Residence

Knoxville, TN

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Age: 58

Married with 2 children

Ronald L. Ramsey

Gender: Male

Family: Wife: Sindy

3 Children.

Birth Date: 11/20/1955

Birthplace: Johnson City, TN

Home City: Blountville, TN

Religion: United Methodist.

Zach Wamp

A Chatanooga native, Zach and his wife, Kim, have two children: Weston, a University of Tennessee graduate, and Coty, a student at UT.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Bill Haslam

As a teenager, Bill Haslam began working part-time in his family's business, the Pilot Corporation, a Knoxville-based petroleum company founded by his father Jim Haslam. Following his university graduation, he returned to Knoxville to work for Pilot,

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Entrepreneur, historian, inventor, and exporter/importer.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey started his own surveying company in 1978. His business has since grown to a real estate and auction company -- Ron Ramsey and Associates, a well-respected land company in Upper East Tennessee.

Zach Wamp

Zach spent twelve years as a small businessman and commercial real estate broker before coming to Congress.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Bill Haslam

Haslam was formerly a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, but resigned early in 2009 and became a member of the National Rifle Association.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

Former President, Blountville Business Association

Board, Blountville Community Chest

Blountville Optimist

Blountville Ruritan

Former President, Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of Realtors

Lay Leader, Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church

Advisory Board, Farm Credit Association

Indian Springs Optimist

Ruritan Optimist.

Zach Wamp

No response

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Bill Haslam

Knoxville's mayoral elections are nominally non-partisan, but Haslam was known to be a member of the Republican Party when he ran for the office. He defeated Madeline Rogero to win election in 2003, replacing retiring four-term mayor Victor Ashe, and was reelected--with 87% of the vote--in 2007.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Ran for governor in 2002, 2004 , 2006; ran for state Senate, 2005, 2007, 2009; ran for U.S. Senate, 2006; Currently running for U.S. house

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey was elected by the First District of Sullivan County to serve two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives and, in 1996, won election to the State Senate, representing Tennessee Senate District 2, which encompasses Johnson and Sullivan counties.

Zach Wamp

After serving for eleven years on the House Appropriations Committee, our Leadership appointed me the top "ranking" Republican for the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. This is a critical time of transformation

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

He is a member of Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Zach Wamp

Zach and his family attend Red Bank Baptist Church.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey, the first Republican Senate Speaker in 140 years, has been named "The Best Lawmaker for Business in Tennessee" by Business Tennessee magazine for his success in passing pro-growth policy to improve the state's business climate.

As the Senate's

Zach Wamp

A few of Zach's legislative accomplishments include:

Combating methamphetamine production in Tennessee.

Expanding the Trail of Tears.

Keeping the aging Chickamauga Lock open and operational.

Preserving Moccasin Bend. Zach authored a bill leading to

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Bill Haslam

He attended Emory University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in history.

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

Associate of business administration, Edmondson Junior College.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Ramsey graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in industrial technology in 1978.

Zach Wamp

Attended, Industrial Relations, The McCallie School University of North Carolina, 1977-1978, 1979-1980

Attended, Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1978-1979.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)
Bill Haslam

No response

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

A former reconnaissance marine.

Ronald L. Ramsey

Active in his profession and community, Ramsey served as president of the Bristol Association of Realtors and as president of the Blountville Business Association. He was a member of the first "40 Under Forty" class recognized by The Business Journal

Zach Wamp

No response

Economy
Tennessee Economy, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Business
Tennessee Business, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Taxes
Tennessee Taxes, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Education
Tennessee Education, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam is committed to serious education reform to help ensure Tennessee’s workforce is prepared for the high-quality jobs of the future. We expect more of our students and teachers than we have in the past, and now is the time to provide the

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Improving Tennessee Education
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam is committed to serious education reform to help ensure Tennessee’s workforce is prepared for the high-quality jobs of the future. We expect more of our students and teachers than we have in the past, and now is the time to provide the

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Tennessee Higher Education
Bill Haslam

Last year, Governor Haslam announced his “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the number of Tennesseans with post-high school certificates and degrees from 32% today to 55% by 2025. This level of preparedness is necessary to ensure a competitive workforce

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Health
Tennessee Health, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Improving Tennessee Health Care
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Medical
Tennessee Medicine, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

A healthy Tennessee is a strong Tennessee, and Governor Haslam is committed to encouraging Tennesseans to make a personal decision to eat healthier and be more active.

Governor Haslam launched Healthier Tennessee through the Governor’s Foundation for

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Crime
Tennessee Crime, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Neighborhoods and communities are the keys to a healthy society, and their safety must be a top priority.

Governor Haslam established a public safety task force in 2011, and has actively implemented its recommendations, which are designed to reduce

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Reducing Crime in Tennessee
Bill Haslam

Neighborhoods and communities are the keys to a healthy society, and their safety must be a top priority.

Governor Haslam established a public safety task force in 2011, and has actively implemented its recommendations, which are designed to reduce

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Government
Tennessee State Government and Agencies, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has always been committed to efficient and effective government. He believes state government’s job is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

After being sworn in as Governor, Bill Haslam instructed

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Tennessee Government Reform, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has always been committed to efficient and effective government. He believes state government’s job is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

After being sworn in as Governor, Bill Haslam instructed

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Fiscal Policy
Tennessee Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has worked with the General Assembly to reduce the tax burden on Tennesseans over the past four years: eliminating the Gift Tax, lowering the sales tax on food, lowering the burden of the Hall Income Tax on seniors, and phasing out the Death Tax.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

Jobs
Tennessee Jobs, a General Statement
Bill Haslam

Governor Haslam has maintained a laser-like focus on improving Tennessee’s economy and recruiting and growing high-quality jobs for Tennesseans.

In just three and a half years, Governor Haslam has taken major steps to improve Tennessee’s business climate.

Source: http://www.billhaslam.com (10/30/2014)

Joe Kirkpatrick

No response

Basil Marceaux, Sr.

No response

Ronald L. Ramsey

No response

Zach Wamp

No response

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