Johanns to retire after one term

Published on: Feb 19, 2013

Former Secretary of Agriculture and current Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns has decided he will retire from the U.S. Senate after only one term.

Johanns was Secretary of Agriculture during George W. Bush's second term, before leaving to run for his current Senate seat.

In an email to supporters, Johanns said at the end of this term, he is his wife Stephanie will have been in public service over 32 years. "With everything in life, there is a time and a season…Between the two of us, we have been on the ballot for primary and general elections 16 times and we have served in eight offices. It is time to close this chapter of our lives."

Johanns joins a growing list of senators who will not seek re-election in 2014 including Sens. Saxby Chamblis (R., Ga.), Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), Jay Rockefeller (D., W. Va.) and Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.).

Johanns said he is "confident" that there will be many more opportunities to serve Nebraska and the nation.

Just last week Johanns introduced four bills in the Senate to increase transparency and oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency. He's been an advocate for agriculture since joining the Senate and also was a part of the "Gang of Eight" bipartisan group to encourage movement on improving the current fiscal fiasco.