Missouri House Republican Emerson to Resign in February

By: Monday December 3, 2012 9:15 am

The Congressional resignations have begun early this cycle. The new Congress has not even been sworn in, and already we have two resignations. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned in the wake of medical admissions for depression and an imminent arrest on political fundraising violations. Now, Republican Jo Ann Emerson will resign from the House in February, [...]

DSCC Wastes $1 Million in Ads on Retiring Ben Nelson

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:15 am

Ben Nelson, Nebraska’s Democratic senator, will retire from the Senate next year, despite benefiting from a million dollars in early-cycle advertising funded by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Nelson is scheduled to hold a press conference back home in Nebraska as early as today to make his decision official, said several Democratic insiders close to [...]

Barney Frank’s Retirement Leaves Jockey for Position on Financial Services Committee

By: Monday November 28, 2011 9:24 am

As you may know, Rep. Barney Frank plans to retire, which means by next year, both lead co-sponsors of Dodd-Frank will be out of Congress, having secured a legacy of sorts through attaching their names to that legislation. Frank, who has been in Congress since 1980, reportedly sought retirement after redistricting maps were completed. Frank’s [...]

Herb Kohl Latest Democratic Senator to Retire

By: Friday May 13, 2011 8:35 am

Herb Kohl, one of the more enigmatic members of the Senate, will not seek re-election, according to Democratic sources in the state. He has served in the Senate since 1989. Kohl, 76, the wealthy owner of the eponymous discount clothing franchise and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, has made less public comments [...]

John Ensign Will Resign Tomorrow; Rep. Dean Heller to Replace Him

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 3:35 pm

John Ensign, the Nevada Senator still reeling from an adultery and corruption scandal, will resign tomorrow, according to several published reports. Rep. Dean Heller, who has already announced a run for Ensign’s seat in the Senate, will be appointed as an interim replacement for Ensign by Governor Brian Sandoval, giving him the power of incumbency [...]

Wisconsin: Sen. Hopper Could Resign, Be Replaced in Recall

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 6:45 am

Everyone’s having a laugh about Randy Hopper’s wife joining the recall against him, thanks to his marital indiscretions. And that’s practically poetic. However, there are also serious implications. First of all, if Hopper isn’t living in the district and instead with his mistress in Madison, as his wife apparently alleged, that’s a violation of state [...]

John Ensign to Become 8th Senator to Announce Retirement

By: Monday March 7, 2011 11:20 am

The retirement wave continues in the US Senate, although this one hardly surprises. Sen. John Ensign, who has been battered by an adultery and then a political payoff scandal, will hold a news conference today in Las Vegas to discuss his political future, and the indications are that he will retire. Sen. John Ensign is [...]

Daniel Akaka Becomes Latest Senate Democratic Retirement

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 7:25 am

Sen. Daniel Akaka, the long-serving Democrat from Hawaii, annnounced that he would not run for re-election in 2012. “After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012,” he said in a statement. “As many of you can imagine, it was a [...]

NM-Sen: Jeff Bingaman Becomes Latest to Announce Retirement

By: Friday February 18, 2011 10:11 am

The Senate must not be the fun-loving, free-wheeling place it always was. Jeff Bingaman, the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will announce his retirement later today, according to sources. He becomes the sixth Senator – three Democrats, two Republicans, and Joe Lieberman – to announce their retirements in the past month. [...]

Kyl Announces Retirement, Becoming Fifth Senator This Cycle

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 9:06 am

It’s not just Hosni Mubarak; multiple reports have confirmed that Jon Kyl, the number 2 in the GOP leadership in the Senate, will not seek re-election. He will announce this at a news conference in Phoenix, one originally scheduled for 10 am, now postponed until noon. No word on whether Kyl and Mubarak will simply [...]

Jim Webb Will Not Seek Re-Election

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 9:12 am

Jim Webb, who squeaked out a victory for Senate in Virginia in 2006, will leave the Senate after one term, adding another to the many opportunities for Republicans in the Senate in 2012. Here is the statement he released: Five years ago this week, on February 8, 2006, I announced my intention to run for [...]

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