Published April 05, 2012
URBANA, Ill. – Longtime Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., says he's dropping his re-election campaign and plans to retire when his current term ends.
The six-term Republican made the announcement Thursday. He cited family obligations.
The 65-year-old Johnson has never fit the mold of the reliable, party-line Republican. But his decision was a surprise and has left his party scrambling to fend off Democratic efforts to pick up seats and retake the House.
Johnson was elected to Congress in 2000, and he built a reputation for breaking with his party on certain issues.