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Karl Foster Dean is a politician in the USA of the Democratic Party who served as the sixth Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, between 2007-2015.
Karl Dean was born on September 20, 1955, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Before becoming the Mayor, Dean was elected the city's public defender in 1990, 1994, and 1998.
Between 1999-2007, Karl Dean served as Nashville's director of Law under Mayor Bill Purcell. In 2007, he became the Mayor of Nashville and completed his tenure in 2015. During his terms in office, Dean made significant impacts, one of which was luring companies to Nashville.
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Dean's net worth is approximately $13 million.
Karl Dean earns approximately $4 million each year.
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Karl Dean was born in 1955, and celebrates his birthday on on September 20 every year. In 2022, the former Mayor of Nashville will clock 67.
Karl Foster Dean was born on September 20, 1955, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His parents moved to Gardner, Massachusetts, where Karl spent his childhood. In 1974, Karl Dean graduated from Gardner High School. Dean got admission into the university almost immediately after graduating from high school. He furthered his studies at Columbia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. Later, Karl Dean graduated as a Juris Doctor at Vanderbilt University in 1981, where he currently works as an adjunct professor too.
Karl Dean is married to a famous Tennessee lawyer, Anne Davis. The duo married on August 6, 1983. Anne Davis is a niece to American businessman and tennis player Joe C. Davis Jr and Rascoe Davis. Anne is also the proprietor of the Joe C. Davis Foundation in Nashville. The couple who have been together for 39 years have three children; Rascoe, Wallen Dean, and Frances Dean.
Karl Foster Dean started his career after graduating from Vanderbilt University. He became a member of the Democratic party and was elected three times as Nashville's public defender in 1990, 1994, and 1998. After that, Karl Dean served as Nashville's Director of Law under Mayor Bill Purcell. His term as the Director of Law for the city lasted for eight years (1999-2007).
While he was the Director of Law, Karl Dean wrote that the then Mayor of Nashville, Bill Purcell, could seek a third term in office. This was because a statement by the 1963 charter states that the Mayor has three-term limits. The Metro Charter forbids the allocation of pension benefits for council members, therefore, in September 2004, the health benefits of Metro Council members were under close scrutiny. Dean countered by stating that the Charter would not be violated because pension benefits would not be legally governed by health care benefits.
After working under Bill Purcell, Karl Dean began campaigning to become the next Mayor of Nashville. Dean's campaign message centered on education improvement, public safety, and developing the economy. He believed these were all connected. The general election for the mayoral position occurred on August 2, 2007. After a run-off election against Bob Clement, Dean won the election with 79.2% of the vote.
Karl Dean began his tenure as the Mayor of Nashville on September 21, 2007, succeeding his previous boss Bill Purcell. Dean started his first year in office, reworking the arrangement between the Nashville Predators and Metro to retain the team in Nashville. His first term as Mayor faced two major challenges; the Great Recession and the Tennessee flood in 2010. At the end of his second term as Mayor, Dean's achievements include adding a new baseball stadium for minor league, transforming Downtown Nashville, a new convention center dubbed Music City Center, and a riverfront amphitheater.
In 2017, Karl Dean announced his interest in contesting the governorship election in Tennessee. He raised $1.2 million within three months of his campaign and spent just $200,000. In 2018, he became the governorship candidate for the Democratic Party with 75% of the primary vote over Craig Fitzhugh. With this, Dean could contest the general election with Bill Lee as his closest rival. However, he lost the election to Bill with 864,863 votes (38.5%) compared to Bill's 1,336,106 votes (59.5%).
Karl Foster Dean is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University.
Karl Dean was also awarded the CMA Founding president's Award in 2013. The Country Music Association (CMA) awarded Dean for rendering outstanding service to the association in 2013.
In 2015, Karl Dean was also awarded the 2015 ADAM Award presented by STARS. The ADAM Award is in remembrance of Adam Duke, son of the founder of 'Kids on the Block (KOB)' Alva Duke. It was presented to Dean for his innovative approach to public education, Nashville's diverse community, economy, and proven support to libraries and reading. The award was presented at the Cherish Award Night on November 20, 2015.
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