BREAKING: GOP Senator Retiring
The Volunteer State's senior senator will serve the remainder of his term.
The Nashville Tennessean reports:
"I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege," Alexander said.
His decision means for the second time in two years, Tennessee will have an open U.S. Senate race.
Like U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who last year declined to run for a third term, Alexander’s announcement will send shockwaves throughout Tennessee’s political landscape.
Although it is not clear who may vie for the seat, contenders could include Gov. Bill Haslam and incoming U.S. Rep. Mark Green.
Other Republicans who could mount a bid include Rep. Diane Black and Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the seat is likely to remain in Republican hands.