ST. PAUL (AP) -- Sen. Doug Johnson, one of the state's most powerful legislators, announced Monday he will retire rather than run for re-election.
Johnson announced his retirement at a Capitol news conference the day before a court-appointed panel was to issue a redistricting plan. Johnson said he was confident he could be re-elected in a new district if necessary, and wanted there to be no question that he is retiring because he wants to and not for political reasons.
Johnson said he made the decision last fall while watching ducks land on Lake Vermilion. He decided then, he said, that he didn't want to return to St. Paul for another term.
Johnson, DFL-Tower, was first elected to the House in 1970. He was elected to the Senate in 1976. He chaired the Senate Tax Committee for 21 years, and had a hand in every major tax bill written during that time.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.