Karl Dean

American mayor

Karl Foster Dean (born September 20, 1955) is an American attorney and politician. He was the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. He was sworn in on September 21, 2007.[1]

Karl Dean
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68th Mayor of Nashville
In office
September 21, 2007 – September 25, 2015
DeputyDiane Neighbors
Preceded byBill Purcell
Succeeded byMegan Barry
Personal details
Karl Foster Dean

(1955-09-20) September 20, 1955 (age 64)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Anne Davis (m. 1983)
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Vanderbilt University (JD)

In 2017, Dean declared his candidacy for Governor of Tennessee in the 2018 election. In the first three months of the campaign, Dean raised $1.2 million and spent $200,000.[2] He was the Democratic nominee after winning the primaries, but lost to Republican cattle rancher Bill Lee in the general election.


  1. Cass, Michael (September 21, 2007). "Dean: "We need to raise the bar on our expectations"". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2007-09-21.[dead link]
  2. "Karl Dean to report raising $1.2M in first stretch of Tennessee governor's race". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2017-08-01.