The republican said it’s time for “someone else” to have the privilege of representing Tennessee in the Senate, which is a move that many people in the state think is way overdue.
“I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020,” Alexander said in a statement.
Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, previously served as governor of Tennessee, and has made a career of public service.
“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,” he said. “I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege.”
He added, “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.”
Alexander, according to many Tennesseans, was simply the lesser of two evils in the past two election cycles. It was either him or a worse liberal.
“Alexander’s retirement comes as the state’s other Republican senator, Bob Corker, opted against running for re-election this year. Republican Marsha Blackburn defeated Democrat Phil Bredesen, the state’s former governor, in that contest.”
“As one of the finest statesmen our state has ever seen, Lamar will leave behind a remarkable legacy,” Bob 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.”
Alexander’s retirement is expected to spark a competitive race for the seat and many residents hope that a fresh, real conservative, will step up to the plate.
A number of names have been proposed, including Governor Bill Haslam, who is also a ‘moderate’ republican.
Tennessee is a strongly conservative state that values individual rights. Rich in American history, many people believe the state will now have an opportunity to elect someone who isn’t a RINO.