Late Wednesday afternoon, Tennessee businessman Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination to be labor secretary.
Puzder is a Franklin resident and CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Puzder created doubts among Republicans, and his withdrawal was seen by Democrats as a victory, according to The New York Times.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, who met with Puzder after Trump's nomination, said he was impressed with Puzder's "understanding of how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise."
He also said he thought that Puzder would help create an environment that would make jobs for American workers.
After Puzder withdrew, Alexander, who is also the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman, praised him again.
"Andy Puzder has the experience and ability to make an excellent labor secretary, but I respect his decision," he said in a prepared statement. "He understands the difficulties American workers face in a rapidly changing workforce, and I look forward to continuing to hear his insights."