Government
3:06 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Sen. Mike Johanns won't seek re-election in 2014

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns won’t run for re-election in 2014.

Johanns, who was elected to the Senate in 2008, announced Monday he won’t run again. The Republican Senator previously served as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Johanns says it’s time for him to step aside after spending more than three decades in public service.

"You know, at the end of my time as United States Senator, I’ll have been in office, either running for office or holding office, for 32 years. Between Stephanie and I we’ve been on 16 primary and general ballots, and served in eight offices between the two of us. We always said to each other we’d know when it was time, and it is time."

Johanns began his political career as a member of the Lancaster County Board. He was Mayor of Lincoln from 1991 to 1998 and Nebraska Governor from 1998 to 2002.

In the Senate, he’s a member of the Agriculture, Appropriations, Banking, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.