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Bob Clement Papers

Identifier: MPA-0320

  • Staff Only

The material in this collection consists of 12 linear feet of documents relating to the political career of U.S. Congressman Bob Clement, almost all of which relate to his unsuccessful campaign to become mayor of Nashville in 2007. The exception is one box of materials containing legislative newsletters, testimony, and itineraries from his time as a Congressman. The mayoral campaign portion of the collection includes reference materials, newspaper clippings, poll results, correspondence, fundraising information, promotional materials, speeches and talking points, voter and call lists, handwritten notes, policy proposals, and minutes. All of this material comes from 2006 and 2007.

Series I: 2007 Nashville Mayoral Campaign Subseries A: Other Tennessee Politicians-articles and printouts relating to other politicians, including rivals in the mayoral election. Subseries B: Reference materials-this subseries includes printouts, articles, and other documents about Nashville issues used by Clement as reference material during the campaign. Subseries C: Nashville Newspaper Clippings-clippings relating various stories and issues in Nashville. Subseries D: Campaign Material-documents directly relating to the campaign, including call sheets, promotional materials, speeches, fundraising information, etc. Subseries E: Correspondence-email and non-email correspondence related to the campaign.

Series II: Congressional Material-documents relating to Clement's tenure as a U.S. Congressman, including itineraries, legislative newsletters, and introduced bills.


  • 1993-2007
  • Majority of material found within 2006 - 2007


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .


9 Linear Feet


The papers of former US congressman Bob Clement (U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District, 1988-2003), who mounted a campaign to become Mayor of Nashville in 2007, but ultimately lost in a runoff to Karl Dean. While the collection includes material from both his congressional career and his mayoral campaign, the bulk of the material comes from the mayoral campaign.

Biographical/Historical Note

Throughout his long career as a public servant, Bob Clement (1943-) has held elected and appointed positions in a wide range of roles, including TVA director, college president, Public Service Commissioner, military officer, and, most notably, represented Tennessee's 5th District in the US House of Representative from 1988-2003. The son of Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement, Bob Clement showed his political acumen early when he became the youngest elected official in Tennessee history at age 29 when he defeated incumbent Hammond Fowler for a seat on the Public Service Commision in 1972. After an unsuccessful bid for the governorship in 1978, and a stint as president of Cumberland University, Clement was elected represent Tennessee's 5th District in Congress, a position held from 1988 until 2003. In 2007, Clement sought the mayorship of Nashville, coming in the 2nd in the general election before ultimately losing to Karl Dean in a runoff election.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA