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. Andreina

    that is ok

    January 11, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Ozymandias

    That is one of the drawbacks to being the party of old white men. Keep em coming boys!

    January 11, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    So long. You won't be missed.

    January 11, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. CBA1999

    Thank you Senator Voinovich for your wonderful service to the State of Ohio as Governor and as our Senator. You will be missed and should always be proud of the job you did!!!

    January 11, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Lee

    Another Bush apologist jumps off the sinking ship which is our country. Republicans should have to pay a special tax for the next 60 years as reparations for the long lasting damage they have done to our country.

    January 11, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |

    Good. He has blood on his hands and he'll have to live with that for the rest of his days.

    January 11, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Howie

    Good riddance! While Clinton was president, Senator Voinovich was such a supporter of Serbian aggression and persecution of Muslims and Catholics that it was disgusting. Putting the interests of one's ethnic group ahead of America is treasonous. In the very least, he should have been expelled from the Senate. However, the ultra-partisan, criminal Republicans in Congress would never have given it a thought. It was much for fun for them to go after Clinton for having an extramarital affair. To them, the only Muslims worth defending are those that come from petroleum-producing lands. For such places they are quite happy to provide your sons and daughters as cannon fodder. Just like the ballooning federal debt–it is only a problem when a Democrat is in the White House. If its a fudgin' Republican, spend away, especially for war!

    January 11, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Harleigh Kiffer

    Good Ridance-who really cares!

    January 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Apples for sale

    How many freezers full of cash does he have?

    January 11, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. David

    Good riddance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Gil

    How nice to get rid of the republicans and the conservative opinions they profess!

    January 11, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    let some more of the old people retire and turn their seats over to the younger generation.

    January 11, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Jim

    Three special elections for the Dems, genius. I believe Obama is a Senator. There will be a special election there, too. Seriously, what do they pay you for?

    January 11, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. JohnCynic

    The fewer republicans the better....drop the toilet seat on your way out.

    January 11, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Simmy


    January 11, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Jeff From Jersey

    It's good to get out while you can.If you don't you can bet someone will investigate you just because they can.

    January 11, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. sandee in Portland

    Good, all these guys that have been in office for eons should retire. If we had term limits on congress and the senate, we wouldn't have a bunch of 65+ year olds using a public service job like a corporate job.

    January 11, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Mike Payton - New Boston, Ohio

    Used to think Voinovich was a bad governor until Bob Taft got elected. Gained more respect for Voinovich when I found out he didnt think much of George Bush.....then when I found out he wanted us out of Iraq I really started to like the guy. I'm not in his party and never voted for him either time as governor or for US Senator, but I can say I now respect the guy....and that's more than I can say for most in Washington.

    January 11, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Another victim of Bush – he has to quit because he'd get stomped in the election!

    January 11, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Sensitive90sguy

    He should have resigned after the first time he burst into tears- what a legacy.

    January 11, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. bill for barack

    As an Ohio resident I will be the first to say that old George never did a thing for Ohio in his life except be a stooge for old W.
    He should resign now and do the whole state a favor.

    January 11, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Michael

    I imagine that the House retirements will be even more profound in 2010. At least, in the Senate, being in the minority still provides members with power and influence. In the House, being in the minority equates to zero power and zero influence, especially now that Speaker Pelosi is hardening the rules of the institution to consolidate her power base.

    January 12, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. Karen-Phoenix

    Pray for Obama and his team! They have such a mess to clean up after these guys leave!!!

    January 12, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. john

    get all the relics out by 2012

    January 12, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Ommy

    Watch the rats abandon the Republican ship.

    January 12, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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