NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he won’t run for U.S. Senate in 2020.
After months of speculation, Haslam confirmed Thursday morning in a statement that he wouldn't run, saying it was the "hardest vocational decision" of his life.
"While I think serving in the United States Senate would be a great privilege and responsibility, I have come to the conclusion that it is not my calling for the next period of my life," he wrote.
Read the full letter below:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, who’s leaving office this term, released a statement, saying:
“Bill Haslam would be a terrific United States senator, but he has served Tennessee well and unselfishly for 15 years as governor and as mayor of Knoxville, and I can completely understand his desire to take a different direction with his life.”