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 FincherTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Tenn.) will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' 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 BlackburnTaylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Senate passes sweeping budget deal, sending it to Trump 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."