Brownback Announces Retirement from Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Republican Sam Brownback won't seek a third, six-year term in the Senate.

Brownback made that announcement at the Statehouse, saying he owed it to Kansans to keep his word and retire more than keeping seniority in the Senate.

Brownback was elected to the Senate in 1996 to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Bob Dole who resigned to be the GOP nominee for president. Brownback then won full, six-year terms in 1998 and 2004.

It's widely expected that Brownback will return to Kansas and run for governor in 2010. However, the 52-year-old Brownback declined to say Thursday what he would be doing after his term ended.

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