Tennessee senator launches tour as he mulls statewide office

FILE – In this April 9, 2013, file photo, state Sen. Mark Green participates in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Green as a freshman lawmaker ruffled the feathers of some of his colleagues by hiring a Washington consulting firm to help build his image beyond his Clarksville-based district. Green is among , is among several officials expected to consider running to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Sen. Mark Green is launching a 60-day tour as he mulls a bid for statewide office in Tennessee.

The Clarksville Republican was re-elected to a second four-year term in the state Senate last week. He said Monday that the election of Donald Trump as president showed a deep frustration among voters.

Green has dubbed his tour “Tennessee Next.” While he doesn’t say specifically what its objective is, Green has not been shy about considering a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

But the presidential election could throw a complicating factor into the next election cycle in Tennessee if Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is selected for a position in the Trump administration. If so, candidates who previously considered gubernatorial bids might instead run for Senate.

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