Chattanooga businessman and long-time Republican activist Todd Gardenhire said today he will pick up papers to qualify as a candidate for the Republican nomination for the State Senate District 10, which is being vacated by Democratic incumbent Sen. Andy Berke.
He has been in the financial services industry for more than 40 years and is active on many civic and governmental boards, a news release stated.
Mr. Gardenhire was co-state chairman for Reagan for President in 1976 and 1980, having been elected as an alternate and delegate pledged to Reagan in 1976, 1980, and 1984, a news
He was also state chairman for Jack Kemp for President in 1988, according to the news release.
From 1983 until 1989, he served on the Presidential Advance Staff for President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Most recently, he received two Presidential appointments from President George W. Bush to serve on and as chairman of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Committee, the release stated.
Mr. Gardenhire is from one of the oldest pioneer families in Hamilton County, according to his release.