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Bill Lee, 50th Governor of Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam

Bill Lee is seventh-generation Tennessean and 50th governor of Tennessee. He was raised in Franklin where he still resides today with his wife Maria on his family’s farm. He’s the proud father of four adult children (Jessica, twin sons Jacob and Caleb, and Sarah Kate) and five grandchildren.

After attending Williamson County Schools, Governor Lee attended Auburn University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he returned home to Franklin to join the family business his grandfather started in 1944, a comprehensive mechanical construction service company. He became president of Lee Company in 1992. 

Now, Governor Lee is focused on several priorities including good jobs, great schools, and safe neighborhoods so we can keep Tennessee moving in the right direction.

This year, Governor Lee passed a series of legislative initiatives to strengthen career and technical training, expand school choice, pursue criminal justice reform, improve public safety and sharpen the effectiveness of government. His administration is also focused on the accelerated transformation of rural Tennessee.

The governor and first lady are people of strong faith. They are active in Grace Chapel Church and in numerous faith-based ministries, which have taken them all over the world to serve people in need, including to Africa, Haiti, Central America, and the Middle East.


Governor Bill Lee Headshot
Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee