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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Sen. Johnston Plans to Retire in 2 Years

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.), one of the Senate’s premier deal-makers who wielded enormous influence on energy and environmental issues, announced his intention to retire, after 22 years in Congress, when his term expires in two years. “There are rhythms and tides and seasons in life,” Johnston, 62, said. “And now I believe that the season for a new beginning approaches.” Louisiana political analysts were not surprised. “He was facing reality--that he’d have a very tough reelection next year,” said John Mcginnis, publisher of the Louisiana Politics Review.


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