Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he plans to leave the United States Senatore after his term expires at the end of 2018.
Corker says he came to the decision "after much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year."
“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. 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," Corker said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
“I am grateful to the people of Tennessee for the opportunity to serve my state and country. I have been fortunate to do so with an extraordinary staff, and I want to thank them for their incredible dedication. I know that we will continue to have an impact for the remainder of our term, and I look forward to finding other ways to make a difference in the future," he also said.
He also thanked his wife Elizabeth and their family for making "many sacrifices" so he could serve.