Blackburn to seek reelection to House seat

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, subject of speculation as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Bob Corker, tells The Tennessean she will instead just seek reelection next year to a ninth term representing Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

“I am running for re-election to the House of Representatives,” Blackburn, R-Brentwood, told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee on Tuesday. “That is my focus.”

…Blackburn, who has increased her national profile in recent years and spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention, has served in Congress since 2002.

While state Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, who recently said he would not be running for governor, lives in Blackburn’s district and expressed interest in serving the state from Washington, D.C., it is unclear whether he would challenge her.

The more likely scenario for Green would be to run for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, in the event that she enters the governor’s race. Black hasn’t announced her intentions but is expected to launch her campaign this summer.

The Constitution does not require U.S. House candidates to live in the district they are seeking to represent. House members must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years and live in the same state as the district they want to represent.

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