now that you ask forum: Phil Bredesen

now that you ask forum: Phil Bredesen is in the past.
The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership presents
now that you ask...
A conversation series hosted by Tom Ingram with special guest former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen

Tuesday, March 4
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Shamblin Theatre
Free and open to the public


The “now that you ask…” Conversation Series is hosted by Ingram, the man called the “most influential person in Tennessee politics who does not hold elected office.” The series brings Ingram’s bipartisan, common sense approach to government and politics to discussions with guests from across the business and political worlds.

Philip Bredesen

Philip Bredesen served as Governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011.

During his time as governor, he reeled in an out-of-control Medicaid program, established large financial reserves and successfully navigated the 2008 recession. In education, he established a statewide Pre-K program, improved teacher salaries and established the use of objective student performance data for teacher evaluation. Addressing health care, he established a broad children’s health insurance program and innovative small business and individual insurance offerings. His administration also recruited Volkswagen’s U.S. manufacturing operations to Tennessee and obtained multi-billion dollar investments in alternative energy within the state.

Prior to his term as governor, he served as Nashville’s mayor from 1991 to 1999. He is recognized for the city’s downtown revitalization, including recruiting the NFL Tennessee Titans and the NHL Predators, rebuilding and expanding the library system, adding substantially to the parks system and building a large number of new public schools.

Prior to his time in public office, Bredesen was a businessman and entrepreneur. He is best known for starting a health care management business that within a decade became a successful public company, traded on the NYSE. He is the recent author of Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System.


The previous editions of “now that you ask…” have featured one-on-ones with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam; John Seigenthaler, a leader in American journalism and politics; Beth Harwell, Tennessee’s first female Speaker of the House; Loucas George, former producer of the ABC show “Nashville,” and David Keene, Opinion Editor for The Washington Times.

For more information visit or call the Institute for Civic Leadership at 615.966.6155.