Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) revealed on Tuesday that he will not run for re-election next year, creating an opening in the Senate that could play out in a hotly contested primary and election.
“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” Corker said in a statement.
“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms,” Corker added.
“Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.”
The Republican lawmaker served two terms in the United States Senate and was likely to face a primary challenge in 2018 if he opted not to retire. He also currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Among those considering a run for the seat is conservative activist Andy Ogles, who appears to be looking to run on the “drain the swamp” platform.
Controversial sports radio host Clay Travis, who made headlines last week after telling CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he only believed in “the First Amendment and boobs,” says he is strongly considering running for Corker’s spot.
Travis told IJR, “I will run if [Corker] doesn’t seek re-election and Peyton Manning doesn’t run. I’d beat everyone else.”