NASHVILLE - State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, today ruled out running in a Fourth Congressional District race that is expected to undergo major changes in GOP-controlled redistricting this week.
"I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2012," Tracy said in a statement. "I plan on running for re-election to the state Senate. I am excited about the new 14th State Senate District."
Tracy ran unsuccessfully in the Sixth Congressional District's 2010 Republican primary, which at that time included his home county of Bedford and also Rutherford County, part of which he represents in his Senate district.
Under Republican plans, the Sixth loses all of Bedford and Rutherford, which is expected to give considerable help to Tracy's fellow Senate Republican, Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, who has expressed interest in challenging Fourth Congressional District Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Jasper in Marion County.
Ketron supported Tracy in his 2010 congressional bid.