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Tenn. Senator Bob Corker Retires, Won’t Seek Re-election in 2018

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker

Tennessee senator Bob Corker announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election, dealing a major blow to GOP’s chances of retaining control of the U.S. Senate in 2018.



Corker, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would vacate his senate seat at the end of his current term in 2018.

“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” Corker said in a released statement.

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“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me,” the statement continued.




An aide to Corker confirmed Tuesday that the senator informed Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), fellow GOP Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander and President Donald Trump about his decision to retire, before he made it official.

Utah senator Orrin Hatch is also considering retirement although he is yet to make an official announcement.

“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” Corker said in a released statement.

While announcing his retirement, Corker declined to disclose his next steps saying “I look forward to finding other ways to make a difference in the future.”






Corker was a front runner to become Trump’s secretary of state but lately, his relationship with the president has soured as he has become increasingly critical of Trump.

Speaking about Trump’s handling of violence related to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. Corker said “the President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,” according to a video posted by local news website Nooga.com.

In his statement today, Corker said his “most important public service” is coming soon.

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“I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career,” Corker said.

“Serving the people of Tennessee in this capacity has been the greatest privilege of my life. And as I spent the month of August traveling across our great state, I was reminded that we live in a unique place full of people who care deeply about the direction of our country.”

 

 

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