Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander announced his impending retirement Monday; releasing a press release that confirmed the GOP legislator will not seek re-election after his term ends in 2020.
“I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020,” said the 78-year-old lawmaker. “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.”
“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,” added the statement.
The announcement comes as Tennessee’s other GOP Senator -Republican Bob Corker- also decided not to seek re-election in 2020.
“As one of the finest statesmen our state has ever seen, Lamar will leave behind a remarkable legacy,” Corker said in a statement. “I know he will press through the next two years with great vigor, and I look forward to all he will accomplish on behalf of Tennesseans as he completes his service in Washington.”