Tennessee GOP Rep. Fincher To Retire

Posted at 3:15 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 16:15:30-05

Tennessee GOP Representative Stephen Fincher has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his term.

Fincher is a member of the 2010 GOP class that stormed Washington, taking back control of Congress just two years after President Barack Obama was elected.

Fincher was best known for leading the charge to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank despite opposition from top GOP leaders and its tea party wing.

Fincher, 43, is a gospel singer from Frog Jump and grew up on his family's farm. He is regarded as a stout conservative.

Fincher's western Tennessee district is heavily Republican and is considered a safe seat for his party in November's elections. Obama lost the district's vote in both his 2008 and 2012 races by 2-1 margins.