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Republican Senator to Retire in 2009

Chuck Hagel, the Republican Senator of Nebraska will retire after his term ends in 2009. He is fulfilling his promise he made to the voters back in 1996 that he would only run for two terms. This prevents a problems for Republicans who are already in the minority of the congress. Currently, Democrats have a 51 to 49 majority in Congress. Hagel's possible predecessor and former governor of Nebraska Bob Kerry is a Democrat. However Kerry declined to talk about his intention to run for Senate. Mr. Hagel's retirement plans were first announced late Friday night by the local paper in Nebraska. Hagel is an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. He is a Vietnam veteran and also a very important Republican voice in the Senate on military affairs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/09/us/politics/09hagel.html?ref=todayspaper