Johanns to retire after first term
February 18th, 2013
12:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Johanns to retire after first term

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, 62, will not seek re-election to a second term in 2014, according to an e-mail he sent to supporters Monday morning.

"During these many years, we have cherished our time together. So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith," Johanns said in the e-mail, which he signed along with his wife, Stephanie.

"We are also confident that there will be many more opportunities to serve our state and our nation," he continued.

The senator was elected to the Senate in 2008 with 58% of the vote and was largely off the radar of potential retirees for the upcoming midterm elections.

Before becoming senator, Johanns served as Nebraska governor and mayor of Lincoln. The other senator from Nebraska is Republican Sen. Deb Fischer, who was elected in November.

The seat he leaves behind is considered safe for Republicans.

Sen. Jerry Moran, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement that Johanns "epitomized principled leadership during his near three decades of public service."

"I thank him for his service and wish he and his family the very best in their next chapter," Moran continued. "The Cornhusker state will look to continue its strong conservative tradition by electing an equally dedicated Republican leader in 2014."

Johanns made headlines recently for being the second Republican to publicly back Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, a former GOP senator from Nebraska.

Johanns becomes the fifth senator this year to announce that they won't run for re-election in 2014. Fellow Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia announced earlier this year that he will retire from the Senate next year rather than make a re-election bid, as have Democratic senators Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Tom Harkin of Iowa, and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.


Filed under: 2014 • Nebraska • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Retiring after one term? I wonder what damning secret is about to be exposed! Sure hope he doesn't qualify for lifetime taxpayer provided bennies after such a short time.

    February 18, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    He was probably told to retire or be primaried for supporting Hagel. Sad.

    February 18, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Either he is incredibly ethical and couldn't abide the stench of raw politics or he's very unethical and hoping to muffle the thud of the other shoe.

    February 18, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. just sayin

    i don't blame him. why waste your life sitting in the us senate when harry reid and the democrats refuse to bring anything up for a vote? democrats are total obstructionists. all they want to vote on are far left agenda items.

    February 18, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Evergreen

    McCain and company are enough to make anyone want to get as far away from Congress as possible.

    February 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. cbr

    Perhaps Senator Johanns just wants to retire after serving Nebraskan for many years. When you consider that Congress has done very little that matters to the 49% and has moved at a snail's pace to get anything done it is not surprising that he would retire.

    It is unfortunate that Congress now has members who are very unwilling to compromise or work together. Some members believe that they have the answers and they will only support their own ideas. Some, like Sen. Rubio, spend days and days traveling the country before announcing their intention to run for President. They are using the Senate as a stepping stone. Others like Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham have their own agendas. Then we have Sen. McConnell who is not willing to do anything just in case the President would get a bill passed or receive the support of Republicans.It would bother me to be in Washington representing my State and discovering that my colleagues really are not there to make things better. Neither party has the answers and the only answers will come from a bipartisanship attempt to write bills and to get people to work together.

    February 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Howard's Daddy

    The Republican moderates are leaving. It is the end of the Republican Party.

    February 18, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    i don't blame him. why waste your life sitting in the us senate when harry reid and the democrats refuse to bring anything up for a vote? democrats are total obstructionists. all they want to vote on are far left agenda items.
    ***********************
    When the House sends bills up for consideration that are not stuffed with Tea Party nonsense that does not put people back to work but only fulfillls some bizarre social agenda put forth by the Family Research Council, maybe you will get your wish. As for being obstructionist, who has the holds on the CIA and Defense nominees? Waiting, the crickets are chirping again.....

    February 18, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. ted

    He either has a scandal about to break OR he really is tired of the GOTP obstruction and cannot do anything about it.

    February 18, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Rosslaw

    Perfect. Republican Senator David "so how much for two minutes" Vitter stands behind Johanns to endorse his emphasis on family values. The republican Nebraska primary to replace Johanns is going to be one entertaining freak show with the winning candidate bering the one to screech the loudest that the earth is 8,000 years old and flat.

    February 18, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. penguin

    Democrats can't bring anything up in the Senate because the Republicans won't allow a vote. In the House side, the Speaker only brings up Republican bills that are supported by the majority of Republicans. A Democratic sponsered bill that has a majority support in the House (ie, has enough Republican support to pass) won't even be brought up for a vote. We would save billions if we reduced the Senate to 50 (1 from each state) and reduce the House by half. In today's age of fast travel and communication we don't need the same number of lawmakers we had when travel and mail service was by horse

    February 18, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Donna

    ted
    He either has a scandal about to break
    --
    That would be Democrat Senator Menendez with his influence peddling and foreign sex junkets paid for by people he was advocating for,

    February 18, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    i don't blame him. why waste your life sitting in the us senate when harry reid and the democrats refuse to bring anything up for a vote? democrats are total obstructionists. all they want to vote on are far left agenda items.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the tighty righty is "retiring" because Harry Reid refuses to bring their poison pills to the floor, perhaps they should all follow suit!

    February 18, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. The REAL TRUTH...

    I guess like a good ole Grand Obstructionist Party member, he got in his 6 yrs and FULL pension/healthcare for life – at Federal expense. It's no wonder he can now spend more time with the family...

    February 18, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rosslaw

    Perfect. Republican Senator David "so how much for two minutes" Vitter stands behind Johanns to endorse his emphasis on family values. The republican Nebraska primary to replace Johanns is going to be one entertaining freak show with the winning candidate bering the one to screech the loudest that the earth is 8,000 years old and flat.
    *******************
    The thought of Vitter wearing a diaper makes me alternately laugh and wretch. By the way, you forgot the reference to evolution and and all modern science being lies from the pit of Hell. The new Senator from hnebraska will probably sit on the Science and Technology Committee.

    February 18, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. 2012liberal

    He got his so u cant hv yrs. Love it how these a... get lifetime benefits but come n2 office 2 scr...w u out of yrs. Good riddens. Wake up nebraska!

    February 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Donna

    ted
    He either has a scandal about to break
    -
    That would be Democrat Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. with his theft of $750,000 to buy a Rolex watch, memorabilia of MLK, Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen, including $4,500 for a Michael Jackson fedora.

    No fear though, he'll have plenty of other Democrat criminal politicians keeping him company in Illinois's prison system!

    February 18, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |