May 21, 2019
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Lamar Alexander announces he will not seek re-election in 2020

Mark Humphrey | AP
Mark Humphrey | AP
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, speaks Monday at the unveiling of the official portrait of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville, Tennessee. Alexander said Monday he is not running for re-election in 2020.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a longtime Republican senator from Tennessee who previously served as governor, will not seek re-election in 2020.

He made the announcement Monday.

“I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020. The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than anyone else from our state. I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege,” Alexander said in a statement. “I have gotten up every day thinking that I could help make our state and country a little better, and gone to bed most nights thinking that I have. I will continue to serve with that same spirit during the remaining two years of my term.”


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