Bob Corker
Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pauses before a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the nomination of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to become the US ambassador to Russia, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Washington.  Alex Brandon—AP

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018

Sep 26, 2017

(WASHINGTON) — Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he will not seek re-election.

In a surprise announcement, the two-term lawmaker says that after discussions with his family, "I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018."

Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has tangled with President Donald Trump, both publicly and via Twitter. But Trump recently encouraged the senator to seek another term.

Corker criticized the president after he blamed both white nationalists and anti-racist protesters for the violence at an August rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corker questioned whether Trump had shown the "stability" and "competence" to succeed in office. Trump responded by assailing the senator via Twitter.

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