At the time of this post, six United States Senators have announced that they will not be candidates for re-election in 2014. They are
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Two other Senators, Jim DeMint (R-SC) and John Kerry (D-MA), resigned. DeMint becae the head of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation. Kerry became President Obama’s Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton.
What is your assessment of these recent retirements? What would cause a Senator or any member of Congress to retire from office in such an abrupt fashion? With the exception of Johanns, all were multi-term Senators. Why retire now?