First, Johnson’s own statement:
Today we are in our hometown, to close a circle that began 36 years ago when the people of Clay and Union Counties opened their hearts and homes to us when I ran for the state legislature. I am honored and humbled that you and the people of South Dakota—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—have allowed me to represent you in the state legislature, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. You have supported me in multiple elections, and, more importantly, your patience and prayers enabled me to recover from a life -threatening brain injury.
I will be 68 years-old at the end of this term and it is time for me to say good-bye. I will not be running for re-election to the United State Senate in 2014 or any other office. I look forward to serving the remaining two years as the country is facing difficult times on many fronts and I will work every day to find a bipartisan solution to these challenges.
Barb and I want to thank all of the members of Team Johnson who work long hours, every day, to make government responsive to the needs of our citizens and to develop policies that serve South Dakota and America. You are extraordinary and always will be members of our family.
The Bible says that there is a time for every season under heaven. It is now our season to spend more time with our six grandchildren and in the state we love.
God Bless South Dakota. God Bless America.
President Barack Obama:
For more than three decades, Tim Johnson has dedicated himself to improving the lives of South Dakota’s working families. From his early days in the state legislature to his distinguished career in the Senate, Tim has worked tirelessly to protect our environment, empower rural and Native American communities, and build a financial system that is better able to serve the American people. Always a fighter, Tim’s return to the Senate floor after a life-threatening brain injury was a powerful moment and his recovery continues to inspire us all. I look forward to working with Senator Johnson as he finishes his third term, and Michelle and I join the people of South Dakota in wishing Tim, Barbara, and their entire family all the best.
2014 Senate candidate Mike Rounds:
I thank Tim for his many years of public service to our state and I wish him and Barb the very best. Although we’ve disagreed on policy over the years, I’ve always respected Tim for his hard work on behalf of South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard:
Through eight years in the state Legislature, 10 years in the U.S. House, and 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Tim Johnson has always worked hard for our state. I congratulate Senator Johnson and wish him and Barb well in retirement.
South Dakota Democratic Party chair Ben Nesselhuf:
Senator Tim Johnson always shied away from the limelight, keeping his head down and working hard for South Dakota. Whether he was fighting for family farms, rural water systems, or renewable energy and economic development, Johnson delivered without pomp, and that’s why South Dakotans trusted him for so many years to do the people’s work in Washington. He’ll long be remembered for the huge impact he made on every one of us here in South Dakota.