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Alexander to resign No. 3 Senate GOP post
Lamar Alexander to resign No. 3 Senate GOP post
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Sen. Lamar Alexander is stepping down from the No. 3 GOP leadership post in the Senate in January.

The Tennessee Republican says he wants to focus more on helping the deeply divided Senate ' where 60 votes out of 100 are needed to advance virtually any major legislation ' become a more effective institution.

He told fellow Republicans in an email that stepping down from GOP leadership will free him to be a consensus-builder in the chamber.

Alexander, 71, was elected to a second term in 2008 and says he'll run for re-election in 2014.

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