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 FincherLamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP Trump backs Blackburn's Tennessee Senate bid MORE (R-Tenn.) will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerEx-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' Pollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump 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 BlackburnConservative groups defend tech from GOP crackdown Lawmakers weigh challenges in fighting robocalls Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal 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."