On Monday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate at the end of his term in 2020.
“I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020,” Alexander, 78, said in a statement.
“It is time for someone else to have that privilege,” he continued.
NEWS: Sen. Lamar Alexander not seeking re-election in 2020.
He currently serves as HELP cmte chairman and has previously served as conference chair.
He'll have served three six-year Senate terms as of his retirement. pic.twitter.com/3LZd6v10UQ
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) December 17, 2018
In a career spanning decades, Alexander, a veteran, served as both governor and then as U.S. senator for Tennessee. He was also the United States secretary of education for President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.
A moderate, Alexander holds one of the most liberal voting records for a Republican in the Senate. His vacant seat in the 2020 election will invite a contested Republican primary and an opportunity for conservatives to campaign to elect a more consistently conservative senator.
In the hours since Alexander’s announcement, names of possible candidates are already floating around. Both Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Rep.-elect Mark Green, R-Tenn., are possible contenders, among others.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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