Senator Bob Corker visited Lewisburg last week

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Senator Bob Corker held a meet and greet in the County Commission room at the Courthouse Annex Thursday.

He started off by shaking everyone's hand and introducing himself. Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett introduced the senator and listed his credentials, even making a joke about him being a Tennessee fan.

Liggett introduced special attendees State Sen. Jim Tracy, State Rep. Billy Spivey, and Jerry Mansfield, executive director of South Central Tennessee Development District No. 5, which includes Marshall County.

Corker was elected to serve as U.S. Senator in 2006 and was re-elected to serve six more years in 2012. In addition, he is also a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, where he hopes to become chairman, and an active member of the Banking Committee.

He talked about the three goals he hopes the United States will accomplish over the years -- defining the U.S.'s role in the world, passing pro-growth tax reform, and turning the U.S. onto the path that will move us in the direction that is well off.

He spoke of the Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment, which he prepared in 2012 with North Dakota's Senator John Hoeven. The amendment, which would have been the toughest border security measure to ever pass the Senate, required an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents and at least 700 more miles of fencing along the southern border.

Corker also spoke of controversial issues like sending out foreign aid and containing Ebola in West Africa. He praised Tennessee for their efforts in having not a single dollar in road debt, and talked about the money issue behind the recent mid-term election.

Sheriff Billy Lamb, Assessor of Property Michelle Campbell, Director of Schools Jackie Abernathy, and others were in attendance.