WASHINGTON - Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., said tonight that he will not be running for governor in 2010.
"After discussions with family and friends and spending some time alone in prayer, I have come to the conclusion that I can be of better service to the state I love by remaining in the U.S. House of Representatives," he said.
Rep. Davis, of Pall Mall, Tenn., has served in Congress since 2003 and recently gained a coveted seat on the House Appropriations Panel.
He had been projected as one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination.
"As a new member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will have a significant opportunity to practice fiscal responsibility of our nation's finances and assure the priorities of my rural constituents are heard loud and clear," he said. "This recent appointment is an opportunity for the district I represent that I could not easily turn away from."
So far on the Democratic side, only former state House Majority Leader Kim McMillan, D-Clarksville, has formed an exploratory committee to raise funds for a possible gubernatorial bid.
Other Democrats said to be mulling a run include former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who lost the 2006 Senate race to Bob Corker; state Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga; and former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.
On the Republican side, Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam; and Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons have declared they're in the race.