Senator Lamar Alexander told members of the Republican State Executive Committee in Nashville on Saturday that Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., will be the chairman of his 2014 re-election campaign.
Senator Alexander also announced that campaign honorary co-chairs will be Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bob Corker, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, along with Congressmen Marsha Blackburn, Phil Roe, Diane Black, Stephen Fincher and Chuck Fleischmann.
At press conferences with the senator in Nashville and Knoxville, Rep. 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.”
Senator 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. 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.”
Senator Alexander will be seeking his third six-year term in the United States Senate. His 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.
He served two terms as Tennessee’s governor and was chairman of the National Governors Association. He was chairman of President 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 worksite day care.
The Alexanders have four children and six grandchildren. He is a Presbyterian elder.