January 11th, 2009
06:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Sources: Voinovich to retire from Senate

Sources say Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio, will retire from the Senate.

Sources say Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio, will retire from the Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sources close to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, tell CNN he will announce Monday he is retiring from the Senate.

The 72-year-old senator and former Ohio governor has been contemplating retirement for a while but made his final decision this weekend in Florida, where he was joined by his wife, children and grandchildren, according to one of the sources.

Voinovich plans to serve out his term, which expires in 2010.

He plans to make the announcement at 4 p.m. ET Monday in Washington, the source said.

Voinovich will be the fourth Republican senator to announce he will not run for re-election in 2010. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, said late last week that we would retire, joining Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, who had already announced they would leave Capitol Hill when their terms end at the close of the 111th Congress.

Republicans must defend 15 incumbents and four open seats in 2010. (Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, whose term is not up until 2012, is seriously considering a 2010 gubernatorial bid and could also be vacating her seat early).

Meanwhile, Democrats have to defend 15 incumbents and two seats where special elections are expected to be held. In Delaware, a special election will be scheduled for Vice President-elect Joe Biden's seat as well as a special election in New York should Hillary Clinton be confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. BB

    The ones that are retiring are not the ONLY ones that will be leaving. WE are tired of them working for themselves instead of US.

    Vote the rascals out until we get a bunch of ethical people in DC.

    January 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    All those Republicans can not stand the idea of being in the minority after all those years "in power." It just isn't fun anymore!

    January 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. PK California

    The kitchen is getting pretty HOT!

    January 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    Number 2 not running, looks like he sees the writing on the wall.

    The rabid right would rather be right than in power.

    For once, we finally agree on something!

    January 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Jen in NC

    Run, Republicans, Run!

    Can't handle not being in charge of everything – so head back home now. Suits me JUST fine!

    January 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Alexander

    Too bad. I live in Ohio as an unaffiliated voter, but I liked Voinovich and Brown. They are a well-balanced representation of the state in the Senate.

    January 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    To George Voinovich – time after time in the Senate, you said all the right things about fiscal responsibility but then voted the Bush line and sent the country over the cliff. EJM Granville Ohio

    January 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. cswpurgeon1@cfl.rr.com

    Good. I am a senior but really want to see some new idealistic attitudes in there.Don't care whether they are dems, independents or Republicans. Just want some honest new ideas that are looking to do something for their country instead of themselves. Lets get some strongminded Iraq vets in...

    January 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. carol

    Another one bites the dust!

    January 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    Quick Alert Joe the Plumber.

    January 11, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Joe M

    Will the last GOP Senator leaving the cloak room, please turn out the lights!

    Seriously, McConnell had better start being "constructive" and do his duty. Offer differing solutions, compromises et al., but don't use that fillibuster to stop the Obama administrations plans dead in their tracks. The math states that after 2010 they could lose even that advantage.

    Think about it!

    January 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Jeff In Ohio

    Gosh, maybe Ken Blackwell will do us the favor of running for the seat so WE CAN KICK HIS BUTT AGAIN.

    January 11, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Richard conn Henry

    I faintly remember V. resisted Bush in some way, some time ago. God bless him! Mind you, I love George Bush in many ways. Why can't we all get together? Now, who said that.... Rodney King, and I must say, flawed as he is, and flawed as I am, and flawed as W is, and for goodness sake, flawed as O is, hey, Rodney was right! Why can't we relax and do good ad kindness to one another. Let's do just that!

    January 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. bob

    Well, I've been sending Mr. Voinovich digs for the past few years about how he hasn't done anything for Darfur. Now, maybe that he's retiring, he'd like his legacy to be that he was part of a bipartisan effort that actually DOES something there for the people instead of just voting in favor of meaningless resolutions.

    January 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    Good riddance.

    21st century problems can't be fixed by gits who still use methods from the 20th century.

    Old foggies need to get out of D.C. I am certain they are PART of the problem. I bet you Voinovich doesn't even know how to text on his wireless phone.

    Maybe now he can be a Wal-Mart greeter.

    January 11, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Bill Denton, TX

    It won't matter. The GOP will pick up seats by virtue of not being the Democrats in 2010. So let's not crown it the filibuster proof Congress just yet.

    January 11, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Matt Bramuchi

    This is so typical of cnn. The headline for this article is so misleading, as typical of this "news" network. The headline implies its message with an inherently negative tone. It implies a link between the recent republican losses in the previous election to this particular senator's retirement. Just report the news, don't try to make it and/or interpret it. It just gets so old. What's wrong with simply reporting that "Senator so and so will be retiring..." Why report it as you did? And I love how the headline changes when you actually click on it.

    January 11, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Quit moderation

    Good luck in the future Senator Voinovich. You served Ohio well and often voted against the Repubs on important issues. You saw your share of sadness-esp after Molly's tragic death- but you soldiered on for Ohio in so many capacities. You are a true public servant.

    January 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Vinnie

    Their dropping one by one. But, what's going to happen when the
    Democrats prove to be just as pathetic as the Republicans?....

    January 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. mike

    Prediction: Democrats will not fare so well in the upcoming senate elections. Why? Because the messiah has setup the expectations so high that when the Democratic congress fails to deliver it will be very clear who is at fault. They use to have the republicans to blame, but who will they blame now ? the house-D, the senate-D and of course "The one" in the white house. Americans are going to began to realize that politicians can't fight special interests, they are those special interests.

    January 11, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Josh

    Our fore fathers never ment running for office to be a career. It was ment to be an act of public service that would require the person to return to private life after it was completed.

    If they followed this guideline then maybe we could get things done in this country without so much corruption.

    January 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. SMR

    Why should any of these ever work again,they are rich after recieving millions each from the illegal war in Iraq.Take your money and run like the crooked Bush and Cheney are!!!

    January 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Denise

    This is great! Keep it comin, Republicans! Keep it comin!

    January 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. William

    The rats are jumping ship. That so many Republicans are retiring is indicative that the battle to save the GOP does not go well. Some of them understand that if the party does not rid itself of the radical right wingers and move to the center, their viability as a party is impossible. Yet the neocons will not give up until they've destroyed the party.

    This is the second big exodus for the GOP in recent years. Remember that between 1994 and 2000, almost all the moderate and liberal Republicans retired. Many stated that the GOP had been usurped by right-wingers who did not truly embrace Republican ideals.

    January 11, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Home of the Free

    I guess republicans are really as stupid as I thought, they can see the writing on the wall.

    January 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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