Former Tennessee rep enters race for Corker's Senate seat

Former Tennessee rep enters race for Corker's Senate seat
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Former Rep. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherTensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP Trump backs Blackburn's Tennessee Senate bid Corker backs Blackburn for Senate seat after retirement tensions MORE (R-Tenn.) will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol Collins and Murkowski face recess pressure cooker on Supreme Court Tougher Russia sanctions face skepticism from Senate Republicans MORE (R-Tenn.), he announced in a new interview.

Fincher told the Tennessean he will run to help advance President Trump’s agenda through a “do-nothing Congress.”

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“We’re going to get in this race, and we’re going to get in it to win it, and go up there and try to get something done,” Fincher told the news outlet. “Let’s stand up with the president on his policies.”

Fincher, who was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District in 2010, was a leader in the effort to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank.

He announced his retirement from the House in February of 2016, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and business in Frog Jump, Tenn.

Corker announced last month he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2018.

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnElection Countdown: Takeaways from too-close-to-call Ohio special election | Trump endorsements cement power but come with risks | GOP leader's race now rated as 'toss-up' | Record numbers of women nominated | Latino candidates get prominent role in 2020 Top Koch official fires back at critics: We are not an 'appendage' of the GOP The Hill's Morning Report: Trump tries to rescue Ohio House seat as GOP midterm fears grow MORE (R-Tenn.) announced earlier this month that she was running for Corker’s seat, casting herself as a "hard-core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" who's proud of being "politically incorrect."