Sen. Johnson expected to announce retirement
March 25th, 2013
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Johnson expected to announce retirement

(CNN) – Senate Democrats are expecting their colleague Sen. Tim Johnson to announce his retirement at an event in his home state of South Dakota Tuesday, according to a senior Democratic congressional source.

The event is scheduled to take place at Johnson's alma mater, the University of South Dakota. A press release said the event would be "regarding the 2014 election."

Johnson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and served in the upper chamber for three terms. In 2006, a brain hemorrhage almost killed him, but he recovered and went on to run for and win re-election in 2008.

While lingering effects of the brain hemorrhage have caused Johnson's speech to be slurred, he's remained active on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Banking Committee, which he chairs.

Johnson will become the fifth Democratic senator to announce his retirement in 2014. Republicans from Georgia and Nebraska have also announced they won't run for re-election.

South Dakota is a reliably red state in presidential elections, and its other two lawmakers in Washington, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Krisi Noem, are both Republicans.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Donna

    An excellent oppoortunity to get rid of Democrat Senator and ultimately Harry Reid! This is very good news.

    March 25, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Pete

    Well I just hope democrates way up in S.Dakota can field a decent candidate..Hate to give that state to the conservatives so they'll screw up another state,they've made enuff messes to keep democrates busy for years..Perfect example look what was left to Pres.Obama and republicans think they know something,what a pathedic party ha!!

    March 25, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. dictator

    His speech cant be as bad as bidens lol

    March 25, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. adam

    Hope he does well in retirement..before you leave mr johnson please help protect our wildlife from its brutal slaughter by this President...wolves coyotes bats bees you name it..tons of ecosystems collapsing under his ignorance..we need our food chains..

    March 25, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Name lynn

    Tim i dont blame you for retirement, looking at joe boehner its enough to retired,

    March 25, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. sonnie3

    Wish him health and happiness in retirement.

    March 25, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. NameJim k

    Another Lib bits the dust

    March 25, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    The Dakota`s have very small populations but are adopting "HARDLINE" neo-conservative positions that put it at odds with the growing demographic trends & policies that the majority of US citizens support. For example, North Dakota is at the point-of-the-spear when it come to efforts to eliminate a woman`s right to [and access to] unfettered abortion. Similar neo-con positions are guns care also held there although those maybe a bit more understandable.

    The Dakota run the risk of a backlash against themselves when national Democrats take umbredge with such a small population having this impact

    March 25, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. CindyF

    I feel like we are wearing the good ones out and they are leaving. I wish we could clean house.

    March 25, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. king

    i hope another dem wins his seat, because this country cannot take another four years of obstructionist repubs

    March 25, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |