"We have decided not to seek re-election."
U.S. Senator Mike Johanns will not run for re-election in 2014.
The senior senator from Nebraska announced today that he's decided not to seek a second term.
In a letter to Nebraskans, the senator said, "At the end of this term, we will have been in public service over 32 years. 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 was praised by Governor Dave Heineman in his own release:
“Senator Mike Johanns is a remarkably outstanding public official. His career spans decades of dedicated service at the local, state and national levels. As a mayor, a Governor, a Cabinet Secretary, and now as a U.S. Senator, Senator Johanns has always been a leader of our state and of our nation.
“We are forever thankful for his commitment to serving our citizens, in particular, our farmers and ranchers, and our veterans. Sally and I are both thankful and grateful to Senator Johanns and Stephanie for their service. Nebraskans are proud of you.”