Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns has announced he will not seek re-election. Senator Johanns released a brief statement to the media:
Dear Fellow Nebraskans,
We would like to share with you a decision we have made about running for re-election to the United States Senate. We have decided not to seek re-election.
Words are inadequate to fully express our appreciation for the friendship and support you have given to us over the past three decades.
With everything in life, there is a time and a season. 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.
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. We are also confident that there will be many more opportunities to serve our state and our nation.
We look forward to the remaining time in the Senate. It is an honor to have served in so many ways over so many years.
May God continue to bless Nebraska and our great nation.
Mike & Stephanie Johanns
Johanns, a Republican, is 63 and grew up on an Iowa dairy farm. He’s held several offices, including serving as mayor of Lincoln in the 1990s, Nebraska’s governor from ’99 to 2005, and as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Bush from 2005 to ’07. Nebraskans sent him to the U-S Senate in 2009.
Governor Heineman has released a statement about Johanns:
“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.”