New Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, whose family owns the Pilot Corp., refuses to disclose how much money he receives from the family business or other sources. In fact, Haslem signed an executive order this past weekend that does away with a requirement to disclose personal earnings.
Signing the order was one of Haslam?s first items of business after taking office on Saturday, Jan. 15, according to The Associated Press. Haslem won 65 percent of the vote in November 2010 to become Tennessee?s 49th governor.
The executive order applies to Haslam and his senior administration officials and is similar to the rules governing members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
The order ends a disclosure requirement put in place by former Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2003.
It was also in 2003 that Haslam left Pilot to become mayor of Knoxville, where the family business is based.
Prior to merging with Flying J last year, Pilot operated 300 travel centers and convenience stores in 40 states, grossing $16 billion annually according to its website. The June 2010 merger created the largest truck stop chain in the U.S. with 550 locations.
Bill?s brother, James Haslam III, is the current president of Pilot Flying J and is a 16 percent owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Their father, Jim Haslam Jr. purchased his first fueling station in Gate City, VA, in 1958 and built the first full-service Pilot travel center in 1981.