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Nebraska GOP Senator Will Not Run in 2014

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 18, 2013 Last Updated: February 20, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) (2nd L) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) listen during a news conference Nov. 30, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) (2nd L) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) listen during a news conference Nov. 30, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said that he will not be seeking reelection for a second term next year.

“We would like to share with you a decision we have made about running for re-election to the United States Senate. We have decided not to seek re-election,” reads a letter that he sent to his constituents on Monday. “Words are inadequate to fully express our appreciation for the friendship and support you have given to us over the past three decades.”

Johanns wrote, “With everything in life, there is a time and a season,” and he has decided to resign. The letter, which was jointly penned with his wife, Stephanie, continued, “At the end of this term, we will have been in public service over 32 years.”

“Between the two of us, we have been on the ballot for primary and general elections 16 times and we have served in eight offices,” the letter reads. “It is time to close this chapter of our lives.”

The senator added that he is resigning mainly for family and personal reasons. 

The 62-year-old former U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary and Nebraskan governor appeared to have a strong chance at getting reelected in Nebraska, a historically and predominately Republican state.

“During these many years, we have cherished our time together,” the letter states. “So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith. We are also confident that there will be many more opportunities to serve our state and our nation.”

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) said in a press release Monday that Johanns “had such a tremendous impact” during his public service, which includes positions as a county board member, a city council member, a mayor, and the governor of Nebraska. 

“His rare mix of strong leadership and warm collegiality has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle,” she said.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) similarly praised Johanns. “He has devoted his life’s work to the wellbeing of our state and nation,” a statement from Fortenberry’s website reads.

Four other senators will not seek reelection in 2014, namely, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

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