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Saxby Chambliss to Retire from the Senate

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R- Georgia, announced Friday that he won’t run for reelection in 2014.

In a statement announcing his retirement Chambliss slammed the “legislative gridlock and partisan posturing” and said he does not see the climate on Capitol Hill improving anytime soon.

“This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health,” Chambliss said. “The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst and, sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon. For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.”

Chambliss, the senior Senator from Georgia was elected into the Senate in 2002, after previously serving in the House of Representatives since 1995.

The senator was a part of the so-called “Gang of Six,” a bipartisan group of senators who worked behind the scenes during the supercommittee negotiations, the debt ceiling debate and the fiscal cliff talks, toward finding a long-term deficit reduction plan.

The senator will depart at the end of his current term.

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