Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus will not seek re-election next year, the senator announced on Tuesday.
"I have decided not to seek reelection in 2014," Baucus said in a statement. "I will serve out my term, and then it will be time to go home to Montana."
Baucus plans to fulfill his sixth term in the chamber and will step down before the next session in 2015. The lawmaker chairs the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, and he played an influential role in writing the federal health care law that passed in 2010.
Baucus had deeply angered the White House in recent days, first by opposing bipartisan legislation to enhance background checks of would-be gun purchasers. Baucus’ “no” vote helped kill the background check measure, and he was among the lawmakers President Barack Obama targeted with a blistering Rose Garden tirade against “shameful” inside-the-Beltway politics.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this,” Obama said. “It came down to politics—the worryRead More »from Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus will not seek re-election