Crapo on retirement of ‘Gang of Eight’ partner Sen. Johanns

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s effort to craft a bipartisan solution to the U.S. debt crisis took something of a blow with the announcement that Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns will retire after completing just one six-year Senate term.

Crapo credited Johanns for “real leadership” and said he looks forward to progress in the 22 months left in the 113th Congress.

The Johanns announcement Monday was a surprise, making him the fifth senator to announce retirement after this Congress ends in January 2015.

Issued late Monday, Crapo’s statement follows:

(Boise)   Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns announced that he will retire in January of 2015:

“Mike has made a major focus of his service in the Senate helping us craft a solution to our national debt crisis. Through our work in the bipartisan Gang of Eight, Mike showed real leadership in working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle in an effort to craft a plan to cut spending, reform the tax code and start getting the debt under control.


“Senator Johanns’ work ethic and insight will be missed in the future, but I look forward to all we can accomplish during the remainder of the 113th Congress. I thank Mike for his long record of public service to Nebraska, and the country, and wish him all the best in the future.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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