Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today in reaction to U.S. Senator Mike Johanns’ announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2014:

"For over 30 years, Mike Johanns has dedicated his life to serving the citizens of Nebraska. Mike’s time in public service began as a County Board Member, then City Council Member, Mayor, Governor of Nebraska, Secretary of Agriculture, and United States Senator. Few Nebraskans have served in so many different roles and had such a tremendous impact in each one of them. But Mike would be the first to tell you that his success is only possible through the counsel, love, and support of his wife, Stephanie.

"I am personally grateful for Mike’s leadership in the Senate and all he has done in
helping to smooth my transition. His rare mix of strong leadership and warm collegiality has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle. While I am fortunate to have two more years to serve alongside him, I am sad to see Mike leave the Senate. I am so thankful for his many years of service and on behalf of all Nebraskans, Bruce and I wish Mike and Stephanie the very best as they begin this new chapter of their lives."