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Alexander Names Leadership For 3rd Senate Bid

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has announced the leadership team for his re-election campaign for a third term, taking a step likely designed to dissuade speculation that the 72-year-old may be nearing retirement.

Alexander announced Saturday in Nashville that U.S. Representative John J. "Jimmy" Duncan of Knoxville will serve as his campaign chairman for the 2014 race. He also named Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell as honorary co-chairs, along with five of the remaining six Republican members of Congress.

Embattled U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais was not selected to Alexander's leadership team.

Alexander is a former two-term governor who ran for president twice. He also served as president of the University of Tennessee and the U.S. secretary of education.

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