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US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced yesterday that he would not be seeking re-election in 2020, according to Stat News. He has led the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee — which oversees biomedical research and more — since 2015, Stat News adds.

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