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Jeffords will not seek reelection

January 1, 2021

first_imgJeffords’ Statement Announcing Decision Not to Seek Reelectionin 2006Statement of Senator Jim JeffordsApril 20, 2005For almost 40 years, the voters of Vermont have honored me with their support and their trust. I have tried my best to be worthy of that honor, whether serving in Montpelier or Washington, D.C.I have had an enormously satisfying career, one that I would not have traded for any other. In no other job do you have both the freedom and obligation to solve problems and help people on a daily basis.But it is time to begin a new chapter, both for me personally and for the people of Vermont. After much thought and consultation with my family and staff, I have decided to close this chapter of my service to Vermont, and not seek re-election in 2006.Between now and the end of my term, I will be working overtime to accomplish as much as I can for Vermont, in education, the environment,agriculture, health care and so many other areas.I still relish the challenges in Washington, but there are even better reasons to step down and return to Vermont. My wife Liz has put up with a lot over the years, and it is long past time I spent more time with her. Liz, as you know, is battling cancer, and will soon have to undergo another round of chemotherapy. If you know her you know that cancer has probably met its match.I look forward to seeing a lot more of my children and their families. And in a few weeks, I look forward to greeting our first grandchild into the family.There have been questions about my health, and that is a factor as well. I am feeling the aches and pains that come when you reach 70. My memory fails me on occasion, but Liz would probably argue this has been going on for the last 50 years.I am excited about coming home and working with the University of Vermont and other institutions to focus on what I think is the biggest challenge we face as a nation, the education of our children. If we were a nation at risk in 1983, two decades later that risk is even graver.We will never be able to maintain our standard of living against competitors around the world if we do not maintain the advantage of a highly skilled workforce. Unfortunately we are now importing thousands of skilled workers per year. This has to turn around.The people of Vermont will have a new U.S. Senator for the first time in almost a generation. I am making my announcement today because it seems only fair that Vermonters have ample time to consider that decision, and that the many able Vermont candidates, for this and other offices that may be open, have time to make their own plans.I have been blessed by a wonderful family, great friends, and a fine staff over my entire career. And I am forever grateful for the trust ofthe people of our state.Thanks, Vermont.last_img

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