Conrad not running for re-election
January 18th, 2011
09:56 AM ET
3 years ago

Conrad not running for re-election

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota will retire in 2012 rather than run for re-election.

The four-term senator announced his intentions in a e-mail to supporters.

"After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012," wrote the four-term senator. "There are serious challenges facing our State and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America's dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection."

Conrad becomes the first of any Democrat up in 2012 to announce he will not seek re-election. Last week Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who's also up in 2012, announced that she would not make a bid for another term in office.

23 Democratic held seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats) are up in 2012. Only 10 GOP held seats are up for grabs.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Capt. Snarky

    Great News! Now I don't have to vote against him! Too bad he was able to foist Obamascare on our state prior to his leaving.

    January 18, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    That's because he was toast before the campaign even started.

    January 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Geez... I don't think I saw a suit like that since around 1977...

    January 18, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012,"
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    Maybe he realized that that suit was going to blow his chances at the voting booth. WTH??!
    When you retire, make sure the suit retires with you.

    January 18, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Joseph Wiltse

    This is truly a sad day for the state of North Dakota and for the United States Senate. Conrad is a great legislator and there is a reason why Time named him one of Americas 10 Best Senators.

    January 18, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    "There are serious challenges facing our State and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America's dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection."
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    So are you saying you haven't done a dang thing in 24 years on these issues??? Oh yeah, you did do something. You CREATED the debt and did nothing for the energy issue. You probbably should have retired many years ago and let others tackle these serious problems that you have failed to address, and indeed created in mnay cases.

    January 18, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    He will be completing his 24th year in the senate. Joe Lieberman was in a similar position and finally became our Senior Senator. I do believe it is time for Senators to propose a term limits amendment for themselves. For every luminary you get like Byrd, Hatch and Kennedy, you end up with folks like Lieberman, McConnell and Rubio, who will never live up to the standards set by their predecessors!

    January 18, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |