MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- State Sen. Bill Ketron announced early Monday afternoon that he's not running for Congress.
The Murfreesboro Republican continues to represent Marshall County and others until a reapportionment plan affects representation in January next year.
The redistricting plan was announced in Nashville early this month when he was considering a run for Congress. Has Ketron decided to make a run for the House, he's have to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the GOP primary. DesJarlais was elected to the House over incumbent Democrat Lincoln Davis.
"After careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the Congressional race for the new 4th District in Tennessee," Ketron said in a prepared statement.
Redistricting put Ketron in a district represented by U.S. Rep Scott DesJarlais. Currently, Ketron's congressman is Diane Black.
"I have grown up believing that elected office is still one of the best ways a person can contribute to our society; and service in the United States Congress is certainly the pinnacle of civic responsibility," Ketron said.
"The most important step in launching any campaign, however, is to evaluate the impact it will have on your family. My family is my inspiration and support. My father, who was my best friend, passed away 11 months ago. I made a promise to him that I would take care of my mother, my family and the business that he started 43 years ago.
"Another factor which has significant weight in this decision is that my leadership position in the Tennessee Senate affords me the opportunity to positively impact the future of my district and our state. It has taken us years, working together in the legislature, to move Tennessee forward in becoming one of the best states in the country to live and work. I am honored to have played a role in these changes but feel my work is not done here. I can be much more productive by being 1 of 33, instead of 1 of 435 and starting at the bottom.
"This decision-making process has been very beneficial. Running for Congress has been a public service in which I have aspired since I was young. Sometimes in life we discover that what we always thought we wanted, when weighed against other factors, is not the most important priority in your life. Running for Congress is just that scenario for me.
"I will commit to join with Congressman Scott DesJarlais as we work for the betterment of our great State," Ketron said.
Ketron represents Senate District 13 in the Tennessee General Assembly which is currently comprised of Lincoln, Marshall, and Maury Counties, and part of Rutherford County. He is Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.