When Alexander announced in December that he would not seek reelection in 2020, Haslam said he would give “serious consideration” to making a Senate bid.
The popular two-term Republican governor had previously declined to run for the seat that Republican Sen. Bob Corker vacated in January.
In a letter to the newspaper, Haslam wrote, “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.”
Alexander later issued the following statement:
“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.”