Blue Dog John Tanner of Tennessee to Retire
by Charles Lemos, Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 04:01:45 PM EST
Congressman John Tanner, who represents the Tennessee Eighth Congressional District in the northwestern corner of the Volunteer state, is set to announce his retirement according to the National Journal. Rep. Tanner is serving his 11th term in office.
Rep. Tanner becomes the second Democrat and second Blue Dogs to announce his retirement in the past ten days, following Rep. Dennis Moore's (D-KS) decision last month to step down. Both men represent districts that voted heavily for President Bush twice. In the 2008 elections, the TN-08 gave Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a 56%-43% margin, while Moore's Kansas City-based seat gave President Obama a narrow 51%-48% margin.
Rep. Tanner faced his toughest race in years from Stephen Fincher, a farmer and gospel singer.