Reaction to Sen. Johnson’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election

Statement by the President on Senator Johnson

Washington, DC – For more than three decades, Tim Johnson has dedicated himself to improving the lives of South Dakota’s working families.  From his early days in the state legislature to his distinguished career in the Senate, Tim has worked tirelessly to protect our environment, empower rural and Native American communities, and build a financial system that is better able to serve the American people.  Always a fighter, Tim’s return to the Senate floor after a life-threatening brain injury was a powerful moment and his recovery continues to inspire us all.  I look forward to working with Senator Johnson as he finishes his third term, and Michelle and I join the people of South Dakota in wishing Tim, Barbara, and their entire family all the best.

Farmers Union President Praises Sen. Tim Johnson for his Service

HURON— South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke released the following statement on the retirement announcement made today by Sen. Tim Johnson.

“Since he entered public service over three decades ago, Sen. Johnson has always been a true friend of the family farmer,” Sombke said. “Sen. Johnson has been a champion for those who make their living off the land and we’re extremely grateful for his service and his tireless work on behalf of family farmers and ranchers in South Dakota.”

“We would not have Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws in this country without Sen. Tim Johnson. He’s always been a strong supporter of farm bill legislation. He has been at the forefront of countless pieces of legislation that help family farmers and ranchers survive and succeed. South Dakota owes a lot to Sen. Johnson for all of the work he has done.”

“His leadership is second to none and I appreciate all of his work to make life better for agricultural producers in South Dakota and across the country. He’s always been a tireless advocate during times of trouble and times of success in agriculture. He’ll be sorely missed. I can’t thank him enough for his service.”

Sen. Johnson was awarded the National Farmers Union Golden Triangle Award 17 times over his congressional career. It’s the highest legislative honor given to members of Congress by National Farmers Union.

Statement from Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

“Through eight years in the state Legislature, 10 years in the U.S. House, and 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Tim Johnson has always worked hard for our state.  I congratulate Senator Johnson and wish him and Barb well in retirement.”

Statement from Governor Mike Rounds:

“I thank Tim for his many years of public service to our state and I wish him and Barb the very best,” said Mike Rounds, “Although we’ve disagreed on policy over the years, I’ve always respected Tim for his hard work on behalf of South Dakota.”

Statement from South Dakota Democratic Chairman Ben Nesselhuf:

“Senator Tim Johnson always shied away from the limelight, keeping his head down and working hard for South Dakota. Whether he was fighting for family farms, rural water systems, or renewable energy and economic development, Johnson delivered without pomp, and that’s why South Dakotans trusted him for so many years to do the people’s work in Washington.  He’ll long be remembered for the huge impact he made on every one of us here in South Dakota.”


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