Another veteran senator plans to hang up his boots on Capitol Hill as Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) announced he would not seek reelection in 2014. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees important topics for rural America including the tax code and trade, said he will continue to pursue priorities in the next year and a half including tax reform, passing a strong farm bill and the highway bill.
"I'm not turning out to pasture because there is important work left to do, and I intend to spend the year and a half getting it done," he said.
Baucus is a fifth-generation Montanan who was born on a ranch outside of Helena, raised under the Big Sky and has dedicated his life to fighting for Montana values.
A statement from Baucus' office said he will continue using his roles on the Finance, Agriculture, Transportation and Environment Committees to "fight for rural priorities and make sure Montana has a strong voice in the U.S. Senate." "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I will double down on legislation to permanently protect the American side of the North Fork watershed and keep the Rocky Mountain Front the way it is for future generations. I am going to put everything I've got into leaving Montana with strong Highway and Farm Bills that support jobs in our state.
In 2009, Max was sworn in for an historic sixth term in the United States Senate - making him the longest serving U.S. Senator in Montana History.