Alexander to step down from Senate Republican leadership

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told colleagues on Tuesday, Sept. 20, that he will step down from the Senate Republican leadership in January when he completes four years as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He also acknowledged that he will run for re-election to the senate in 2014.

“Stepping down will liberate me to work for results on the issues I care the most about,” Alexander said. “That means stopping runaway regulations and spending. But it also means setting priorities - confronting the timidity that allows runaway health care spending to squeeze out research, scholarships, highways and other government functions that make it easier and cheaper to create jobs. I want to do more to make the Senate a more effective institution so that it can deal better with serious issues.”

“I said to Tennesseans when I first ran for the Senate that I would serve with conservative principles and an independent attitude. I will continue to serve in that same way,” Alexander said. “I am a very Republican Republican. I intend to be more, not less, in the thick of resolving serious issues. And I plan to run for re-election in 2014.”

In January, Alexander will have served the equivalent of two full terms as conference chairman.

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