Sen. Kent Conrad to Retire
North Dakota Democrat doesn't want to be distracted by campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2011 11:16 AM CST
In this Sept. 28, 2010 file photo, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Sen. Kent Conrad will not run for re-election in 2012, he announced today, saying he will concentrate instead on reducing the national debt and dependence on foreign oil. "It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for re-election," the North Dakota Democrat said in a statement to supporters. Conrad, 62, was elected to the Senate in 1986, and currently serves as the Budget Committee chairman.

His announcement followed last year's decision by North Dakota's other Democratic senator, Byron Dorgan, not to seek re-election. Dorgan was replaced by Republican John Hoeven. Conrad, Dorgan, and former US Rep. Earl Pomeroy made up North Dakota's all-Democratic congressional delegation for 18 years. Pomeroy was defeated last November by Republican Rick Berg in a bid for his 10th term.

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Jan 18, 2011 1:41 PM CST
I don't know what this man's voting record is like, or if he is a liberal or conservative, but I do like the attitude that it is about time to stop worrying about keeping your job and just do the job that you were put there to do. I hope more of our elected officials will make this same move, but I have my doubts.
Jan 18, 2011 11:47 AM CST
You all are disgusting. The man says that he's not going to focus on campaigning so he can actually get something done without the distractions of constantly making tv ads and raising money, and this is a bad thing. Senator Conrad is the pride of North Dakota. He has done wonderful things for the state, and for our country. Despicable how some of the right-wing can spin anything to do with a conservative liberal's retirement into something Negative. you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Jan 18, 2011 11:42 AM CST
Another Democrat "retiring" rather than face certain defeat. 2012 is going to be a great year, just like 2010... don't you think, libs?