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 U.S. Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.
Alexander’s announcement leaves an open 2020 race after a 2018 election in which Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee declined to run again. Republican Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn won an expensive, tough race against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.