Bredesen officially launched his bid for U.S. Senate Thursday, announcing his run with an online video.
Bredesen is entering the race after initially indicating that he felt his time had past, but numerous individuals from Tennessee and Washington have urged him to run.
Under his watch, the Tennessee Lottery was created, and Volkswagen elected to locate its new American manufacturing plant in Chattanooga. Though the nation's economy tanked during his past year in office, he stabilized the state's over-budget TennCare health system that he inherited in 2003 by making cuts, including cutting 191,000 from the insurance program's rolls, and later established Cover Tennessee to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the uninsured.
"The Tennessee Phil Bredesen governed is a much different Tennessee than what will welcome candidate Bredesen in 2018", said Mark Braden, a Republican strategist in the state, which Mr. Trump carried by 26 points. "While politicians are up there playing partisan games and working on their re-election, out here in America-back here in Tennessee-we have some real problems".
Many children born the last year Tennessee elected a Democrat to the United States Senate - 27 years ago in 1990 - now have children of their own.
Multiple media reports including one from The Tennessean in Nashville say Phil Bredesen is expected to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated by current Senator Bob Corker. Before that, he served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999.
Mr. Bredesen, himself a NY transplant, will probably face one of two conservatives: Representative Marsha Blackburn, who lives in suburban Nashville and serves a district that stretches to Memphis, or former Representative Stephen Fincher, who is from rural western Tennessee.
Bredesen earned his fortune as a health care entrepreneur and served two terms each as Nashville mayor and governor.