Five Years Early: Senator Trent Lott Announces Retirement

The second-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, Mississippi senator Trent Lott (pictured above getting a little too personal), announced his retirement Monday, ending his 34-year career in Congress.

Lott is best known for his comment in 2002 that the country “wouldn’t have had all these problems over the years,” if racial segregationist Strom Thurmond was elected president in 1948.

While the Republican Mississippi governor Haley Barbour is expected to replace his seat with another Republican until the next congressional election in 2008, Lott still had another five years in his term. Lott, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972 and the Senate in 1989, is a good example of how easy it is for incumbents to get reelected. Without an incumbent in the seat come November 2008, this could affect the overall balance of the Senate.

Democrats hold a narrow majority in the 100-member Senate with 49 seats and two independents who often vote with them. Lott is the sixth Republican to announce his retirement, putting those seats in more competitive play in 2008. No Senate Democrats have announced they would not run for re-election.

Still, at 66, I can understand why he would want to retire. Now if only another 66 year old would do the same..

U.S. Sen. Trent Lott announces retirement – [Reuters.com]

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2 Responses

  1. wasn’t lott the one who couldn’t explain the difference between a shia and a sunni muslim?

  2. Yeah, he said ““Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.”

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