Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not seek re-election
April 4th, 2012
10:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not seek re-election

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not run for re-election, according to a Republican source with knowledge of the decision.

The six-term congressman, elected in 2000, represents the 15th Congressional District in the eastern part of the state, which covers Champaign-Urbana and includes parts of Normal and Bloomington.

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Johnson, who has a moderate voting record in the House, is known for holding more than 100 phone conversations per day with constituents. In 2005, he founded the Center Aisle Caucus, which bills itself as a group that aims to bring bipartisan civility to Congress.

He sits on the House Agriculture Committee, as well as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The Illinois congressman was the only House Republican to vote against the GOP’s alternative health care plan in 2009 and was one of 17 representatives in his party to oppose President George Bush’s 2007 “surge” in Iraq.

Before serving on Capitol Hill, Johnson was the deputy majority leader in the Illinois state House. He also worked as a trial lawyer and managed a small farm operation.

Johnson is the 10th House Republican announcing retirement, while eight others are running for another office.

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Filed under: 2012 • House • Illinois • Republicans
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. USA

    Good Bye..

    April 4, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Republicans are Neanderthals

    Another moderate bites the dust...too bad.

    April 4, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Has he served his district well? It sounds like he has been someone who has strived for consensus which is rare in Congress now. That is ashame to lose that.

    April 4, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Dvet

    Corrupt. New bill got him scared.

    April 5, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  5. lone star dem

    Why should I bother? They all are awaiting moderation despite being quite moderate to begin with

    April 5, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  6. madmaninthemiddle

    It is increasingly difficult to be a moderate in the Republican Party, which is a real shame. Like Olympia Snowe, he will be missed.

    April 5, 2012 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  7. M

    And the gradual extinction of the moderate right continues...

    April 5, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  8. diridi

    good for him and good for this nation....all old thugs need to stay away from politics...cash in with public money.

    April 5, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  9. taylor

    one of the last moderates, God help us.

    April 5, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Monrob

    With the Tea Party rabid culture, he knows he can go past primary.

    April 5, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |