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Birthdate: April 12, 1964
Birth Place: Lawton, OK, United States
Residence: Knoxville, TN
Troy Goodale was born in Lawton, Okla., and grew up in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville, Tenn., where he currently resides. He received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee.
Goodale is a professor at Tusculum College, where he is chair of the political science and pre-law departments. He also lectures on politics at the University of Tennessee.
Before his education career, Goodale spent 20 years in the restaurant business and in 1995 was dubbed "best bartender" in the Metro Pulse newspaper's Best of Knoxville contest, according to his website.
Goodale is currently engaged to Elizabeth Anderson.
Troy Goodale is making his second run for Congress in Tennessee's 2nd District in 2012. He was the Democratic Party nominee in 1992, losing in a landslide to the incumbent, Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., whom he faces again in 2012.
Goodale says he became involved in Democratic Party politics while working in the restaurant industry. He was the Democratic nominee for a district seat on the Knox County Commission in 1994.
His campaign website identifies support for job training, reducing student loan debt and gridlock in Washington as his top issues. He supports a balanced budget amendment and term limits.
Goodale believes education needs to be approached from a perspective that "empowers the teachers in the classroom rather than the politicians and bureaucrats."
Through mid-July 2012, he reported to the Federal Election Commission that his campaign had raised no money.
Source: Associated Press
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