Alexander To Bid For Number 3 Senate GOP Post After Lott's Departure

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he'll make a bid for the Number 3 post among Senate Republicans following Senator Trent Lott's decision to resign.

Lott, of Mississippi, last year beat Alexander by one vote to become minority whip. Alexander said in a statement that he will support Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona to replace Lott and that he'll seek to fill Kyl's position as Republican conference chairman.

The 67-year-old Alexander is up for re-election next year. He was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and was previously a two-term governor, U.S. education secretary, University of Tennessee president and a two-time presidential candidate.

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