U.S. Senator Tim Johnson today released the following statement on not running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Today we are in our hometown, to close a circle that began 36 years ago when the people of Clay and Union Counties opened their hearts and homes to us when I ran for the state legislature. I am honored and humbled that you and the people of South Dakota—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—have allowed me to represent you in the state legislature, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. You have supported me in multiple elections, and, more importantly, your patience and prayers enabled me to recover from a life -threatening brain injury.
I will be 68 years-old at the end of this term and it is time for me to say good-bye. I will not be running for re-election to the United State Senate in 2014 or any other office. I look forward to serving the remaining two years as the country is facing difficult times on many fronts and I will work every day to find a bipartisan solution to these challenges.
Barb and I want to thank all of the members of Team Johnson who work long hours, every day, to make government responsive to the needs of our citizens and to develop policies that serve South Dakota and America. You are extraordinary and always will be members of our family.
The Bible says that there is a time for every season under heaven. It is now our season to spend more time with our six grandchildren and in the state we love.
God Bless South Dakota. God Bless America.