“While I'm not running for reelection, I'm not retiring from the fight.”
Republican Senator Mitt Romney announces his retirement from the United States Senate; Romney has worked more than 25 years in public service.
sep 14, 2023
What To Know: Utah Senator Mitt Romney (R) has announced he will not run for reelection in 2024, and will retire once his current term ends (January 2025). Sen. Romney is "known in the Senate as a frequent bipartisan negotiator and was the only Senate Republican to vote twice to convict former President Trump following separate impeachment trials" (NPR).
At age 76, he says, "Frankly, it's time for a new generation of leaders. They're the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in." In a press conference on Wednesday, he stated, "The times we are living in demand the next generation to step up."
Romney's Career: Currently representing Utah in the Senate, Sen. Romney also served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He ran for president in 2008 and was the Republican nominee in 2012, running against President Barack Obama.
Important To Note: This resignation comes at a time when the issue of the age and health of America's top politicians has hit center stage. President Joe Biden is THE oldest person to serve in the presidency; former President Donald Trump is one of the oldest. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (81) was seen frozen on camera during two recent events while Sen. Dianne Feinstein (90) struggled to cast a vote during a Senate Committee meeting. Former South Carolina governor and current presidential candidate, Nikki Haley called for "mental competency tests" for politicians over age 75.