Bob Corker is a U.S. senator from Tennessee, elected in 2006. He is a member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee, and is ranking member of the Special Committee on Aging. Prior to his Senate post, Corker was mayor of Chattanooga, where he attracted $2.1 billion of new investment to the city, transformed the waterfront, implemented merit bonus pay for teachers and worked with law enforcement to cut violent crime in half. In 1994 he served two years as the Tennessee commissioner of finance and administration, the state's highest appointed office. After graduating from college, he started his own construction company that eventually expanded into 18 states. In his late 20s, after a mission to Haiti, he led the creation of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit that has helped more than 10,000 families secure affordable housing. Corker graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in industrial management.