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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announces re-election bid

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hoped to get a jump on the 2014 Senate race by announcing his bid for re-election Saturday in downtown Nashville. Alexander will be seeking his third six-year term in the Senate.

The former Tennessee governor told members of the Republican State Executive Committee that Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., will chair his 2014 re-election campaign.

Alexander also announced that campaign honorary co-chairs will be Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, along with Congressmen Marsha Blackburn, Phil Roe, Diane Black, Stephen Fincher and Chuck Fleischmann.

At Saturday's press conference, Duncan said, "Lamar is a good Republican and good conservative who stands up for Tennesseans. We know and trust him to do what needs to be done."

Alexander said, "Jimmy Duncan is a strong conservative voice for fiscal discipline. I am grateful that he will chair my campaign and that so many of the state's other Republican leaders will be honorary co-chairmen."

"Our country has serious problems to solve," Alexander said. "We must fix the debt and move more decisions out of Washington. We must find better ways to help Americans move from the back of the line to the front in our struggling economy. It is time to stop making speeches and to start getting results."

Alexander's colleagues have elected him three times as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. In the next Congress, he will be the senior Republican on committees concerning education, health and energy appropriations.

Alexander served two terms as Tennessee's governor and was chairman of the National Governors Association. He was chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors, president of the University of Tennessee and President George H.W. Bush's Secretary of Education.

In private life, he and his wife, Honey, helped found what has become the nation's largest provider of work site daycare.

The Alexanders have four children and six grandchildren. He is a Presbyterian elder.

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