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Sen. Mike Johanns to Retire After 2014 Election
USAgNet - 02/19/2013

Sen. Mike Johanns, the former governor of Nebraska who served as George W. Bush's agriculture secretary for a while, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2014, ending his Senate career after just one term.

"With everything in life, there is a time and a season," Johanns and his wife, Stephanie, wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "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. It is time to close this chapter of our lives."

Johanns is the fifth senator to announce his retirement since the 2012 election, joining Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

Sen. Johanns is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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