Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election in 2014 to the U.S. Senate. The Republican, together with his wife Stephanie, issued a letter with both their names announcing the decision.
Johanns did not give a specific reason for deciding against another Senate run.
"With everything in life, there is a time and a season," Johanns and his wife wrote. "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 elected to the Senate in 2008 after serving as secretary of agriculture under former President George W. Bush.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, issued a statement shortly after the Johanns' announcement.
“(Senator Johanns') career spans decades of dedicated service at the local, state and national levels," Heineman said. "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."
Nebraska's other U.S. Senator, newly-elected Republican Deb Fischer, tweeted she was grateful to Mike and Stephanie Johanns for their years of service to Nebraska and wished them the best in this new chapter of their lives.