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    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander not running for re-election in 2020

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at the unveiling of the official portrait of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Alexander said Monday he is not running for re-election in 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at the unveiling of the official portrait of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Alexander said Monday he is not running for re-election in 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican US Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he won’t seek re-election in 2020.

    Alexander said in a news release Monday that he’s deeply grateful for being elected to serve more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else in Tennessee. But he said now it’s time for someone else to have that privilege.

    The Maryville, Tennessee, native served as governor form 1979 until 1987, and helped bring the auto industry to the state. He was elected to the US Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.

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    Alexander’s announcement leaves an open 2020 race after a 2018 election in which Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee declined to run again. Republican Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn won an expensive, tough race against former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen.