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Andy Berke was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee; he served as State Senator for Tennessee’s 10th District from 2007 to 2012 before becoming the 65th Mayor of Chattanooga in 2013. As Mayor, he is focused on growing the local economy, ensuring every child has the opportunity to succeed, and making Chattanooga’s streets safer and neighborhoods stronger. Chattanooga is known as the Gig City, and Mayor Berke has worked to maximize its high-speed fiber optic infrastructure. American City and County magazine named him Municipal Leader of the Year for innovative initiatives such as Baby U and Tech Goes Home, the City’s efforts in ending Veteran Homelessness, as well as for his leadership during a 2015 domestic terror attack.