Norris won’t run for Congress

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris won’t be joining the crowded field of Republicans running for the 8th Congressional District seat this year, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Norris, R-Collierville, said Thursday he won’t be a candidate for Congress and will run for a fifth four-year term in the state Senate.

“I have my own re-election to run and have pulled my petition to run for re-election to the state Senate,” he said.

There had been some speculation that Norris might run, heightened this week when he unveiled an online petition drive in support of a legislative resolution he is sponsoring challenging the federal government’s Refugee Resettlement Program. He unsuccessfully ran for 7th Congressional District seat in 2002 when that district included parts of Shelby County.