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.