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.”
PELOSI ON RETIREMENT: ‘As Long as Trump’s Here, I’M HERE’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pledged to take on President Trump at all costs during a fiery interview this week; vowing to American voters that she’ll remain in the national spotlight as long as Donald Trump is in the White House.
Pelosi was speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour when she was asked about her political future and whether she intends to become Speaker of the House should her party retake control of Congress this fall.
“As long as he’s here, I’m here,” House Democratic Leader @NancyPelosi tells me, referring to President Trump.
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) September 10, 2018
“It’s time for new blood, and we should move on. Had Hillary Clinton won… I was happy to go my way,” said Pelosi.
“As long as he’s here, I’m here. 45, not to be disrespectful,” she added.
BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Trey Gowdy WON’T SEEK Re-Election
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday his plans to retire, saying he won’t seek re-election at the end of his term and outlining his plans to return to work in the US legal system.
The high-ranking Republican released an official statement through his office, announcing his impending retirement; adding the GOP lawmaker “enjoys our justice system more than our political system.”
“Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding,” said the statement.
“There is no perfect time to make this announcement,” Gowdy added. “But with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.”
Rep. Gowdy is one of the highest-ranking Republicans to announce his plans to leave the US Congress.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and is a senior member of the Intelligence Committee.
h/t Daily Caller