Rep. Bart Gordon, congressman from the 6th District, announced via a press release that he would not seek reelection to the House of Representatives in 2010. The announcement follows by just weeks the decision of fellow Blue Dog Rep. John Tanner also to step down after 2010.
Several Republicans have been actively campaigning for the seat, and state Sen. Jim Tracy has indicated he might join the race as well. Other potential Republicans who might pursue the seat include state Sens. Bill Ketron and Diane Black.
Democrats in the district who are possible contenders include Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg, state Rep. Henry Fincher (Cookeville), state Rep. Mike McDonald (Portland) attorney George Phillips of Sumner County, and Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves (who is also former state senator).
Gordon has been in Congress since 1984. From the release:
“I feel honored that the people of Middle Tennessee have allowed me to serve them for the past 25 years,” said Gordon. “Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind. I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.
“When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I’m one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren’t even born when I took office. That tells me it’s time for a new chapter.”
“Turning 60 has led me to re-evaluate what’s next. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a wonderful wife who has a very demanding job. I am the only child of my 83-year-old mother, Margaret. They have made sacrifices to allow me to do what I love by serving in Congress, and now it’s my turn,” said Gordon.
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