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. Tired of W, but not much longer...

    @Buck: "I am a lifelong Ohio democrat. Senator Vionovich is the only republican I have ever voted for."

    You took the words right out of my mouth, Buck. Voinovich is a truly old-school Republican that cares more about what is right, than simply voting along party lines. He's not one of these Bush Doctrine idiots that have infested the GOP. I didn't always agree with Voinovich, just like I'm sure that I won't always agree with Obama on every subject, but I've always respected him.

    January 12, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Larry

    Well, this might help the unemployable,lazy,uneducated,people in Ohio,if they can vote in another Democrat,along with Obama's give-a-way programs,we can greatly increase the number of entitlement programs,which means the working Republicans can support that many more of you people.Great.

    January 12, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. RinFL

    Please elaborate on all of the "stolen elections" and how the Democrats stole them. Also include some detailed information to support the claims of how the news media has covered them up. I am interested in learning some republican revisonist history. Sory but I do not have the time to waste on right wing radio to hear them first hand.

    January 12, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Now lets seat Al Franken and get on with the business of the United States.

    Suggestion: the presidential term should be ONE six year term. That would keep them from pandering to the electorate to get reelected.

    January 12, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Randall from FL

    Obama is very shady

    January 12, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Scott from Ohio

    Some of the posters here are blindly partisan and don't know what they're talking about. George Voinovich is a moderate Senator who has done a great job for Ohio. He may vote with his party more than not, but he can hardly be called a reliable Republican vote. Those of you who made rude comments against him here are truly unfamiliar with Ohio politics.

    January 12, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Matt

    see yah, wouldn't wanna be yah

    January 12, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. bob

    I try to post something meaningful and instead you select all these nasty, inflammatory comments. What exactly is your posting criteria? Apparently it is to inflame any issue on this website.

    January 12, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. commie mommie

    OOH OOH, Ohio has a Democratic Gov (Strickland), is it too much for me to ask for Voinovich to resign so that I can put some earnest money down for his seat? That is how the demo-rats do it, right?

    January 12, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. MAD

    I am amazed, no frightened by how old so many of our elected officials are. Makes me wonder what happened to my generation. (Myself included.) Where are the 50 to 60 year old Rep. and Senators?

    In the next election I expect there will be a lot of 30 and 40 year olds running for office. It's as if we just sat our part in government out. I guess corporate jobs were more lucrative and inviting but we are suffering for it now.

    I think it's time for all elected officials over the age of 70 to step down. Hopefully there will be more to come.

    January 12, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Terry

    The fewer Conservatives in government, the better. Conservative leadership has devoted itself to preventing the nation from solving its problems since the Civil War. They were opposed to the abolition of slavery, anti-lynching laws, anti-segregation laws, equal access to public facilities, unions, the 8 hour day, the 40 hour week, social security, medicare, medicaid, child health programs, pre-natal health programs, equal rights for minorities, equal rights for women, equal pay for minorities, equal pay for women, voting rights for minorities, allowing women to vote, workplace safety regulations, and food purity laws to name a few off the top of my head. In each case, they fought, they delayed, they filibustered, they blocked, they obstructed, and they opposed these reforms.

    Conservatism has done more damage to America than any other force, except for the Confederate Army and the Nazi Army.

    January 12, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Da Professor

    Gee, golly, what will we do without him? Another Republican rides into the sunset. Now if we could just get 40 more to follow good ole Georgie and Dicky out the door this country could return to its once proud condition and tradition. For 8 years, we have become known as the blaantant lying , hpocritical, and arrogant country led by the far right-wing, war mongering extremists.

    January 12, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Jonathan Burton

    Our congress needs term limits and now. I think that a senator should only be allowed no more than 3 terms unless evidence shows that his apporval rating among his constituents has remained above 55% throughouthis career, and that his current approval rating is greater than 60%.

    January 12, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    No better time to retire.... the left wing has taken over. Lets let them screw things up, and conservatives will be back in 2010, thank God.

    January 12, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. John Kellermeyer

    Voinovich needn't feel he needs to serve out another of his lackluster terms.

    He should go now.

    Anywhere but Ohio.

    January 12, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Brad Oberg USNR

    good to see Obama has gotten us all together. Nice to see true colors.

    January 12, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. RealityKing

    I would rather retire too than be part of selling out our grandchildren for roads and social hand outs. European style stimulus packages bring european style high unemployment and slow growth..., no matter how much kool-aid you drink with it.

    January 12, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. VoterinOhio

    Good...time to go. Only bad part is we will continue to get useless and worthless democrats in power. Have you people not learned? When one party has total control, they do nothing. Watch and learn. For maybe 2 years, the democrats may work hard, then they will be just as useless as when the republicans had total power. Balance of power between parties is a good thing, but I guess some people are to uneducated to understand that.

    January 12, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Hamas

    What does Palestine have to do with it?

    January 12, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Buzz

    Judging by some of the comments here, most of CNN's audience have very little education. Comments such as "Good riddance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    " and "How nice to get rid of the republicans and the conservative opinions they profess! " shows child like behavior and a lack of unity that Obama is talking about. No wonder they cannot balance their checkbooks while asking for the consumer bailout (aka. mortgage foreclosure help).
    Above all it shows intolerance, something that these people request when they want to be heard. From this display of ignorance, we can only hope that their party will not do the same thing in Congress. But I think I am asking too much.

    January 12, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. stephen

    Sounds like everyone here thinks that a one party system will work well. If Democrats have everything the world will be a great place to live... Really? Ask China and Russia how a one party system works. Republicans have made mistakes which should make them the minority party for a while, but for people here wishing pain and suffering on about 40% of the population who will still vote Republican next year is far from being open minded. I know conservatives hardly ever write opinions here, because they are drowned out by the hundreds of people cheering every Republican death and defeat, but I just wanted to get this point out in the open... Maybe someone will read it.

    January 12, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    Senator Voinovich was more on the moderate side than most of his GOP colleagues. He possibly would have been reelected if he opted to run again; but at 72, he made a wise decision I would have made, too. It's time for the oldies to give the younger generation a chance, too. Good call, senator.

    January 12, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. ga.

    your party has ruined america, it's good that you are getting out from among them, enjoy your retirement,a lot of americans won't be able to retire because they don't have a job.

    January 12, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Libertarian

    No big loss for the Repubs, Voinovich is a RINO, might as well be a Demorat.

    January 12, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Steve, New York City

    That is a shame.
    Another one of the "few" (relatively) moderate voices in the GOP is leaving . . .the party must reach beyond the Sarah Palins and Rush Limbaughs of the world, or it runs further risk of isolation.

    January 12, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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