Posted: Apr 27, 2013 9:01 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), who surprised Montanans, politicians, and pundits with his announcement earlier this week that he would not run for re-election in 2014, held a press conference in Helena on Friday to explain his decision.
Baucus has served in the U.S. Senate since December 1978; before his election to the Senate, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Here are some excerpts from Friday's event:
At this point, the announcement I'm here to make is no surprise.
They say Washington, D.C. is the only city in the world where sound travels faster than light. And that certainly felt true on Tuesday.
Still, it was very important to me to come home to make it official - because coming home is what my decision not to seek re-election is all about.
Some of you knew my mother, Jean Baucus. She was an incredible woman. She was pure Montana. And she passed that love of our state on to me.
Losing her in 2011 had a big impact on me. It reminded me just how precious our time here is, and just how blessed I am to be able spend my time on this earth as a Montanan.
This was not an easy decision, but the last few months traveling the state I've felt the calling.
I've dedicated much of my life to working to keep Montana lands open and untarnished. And now it's time to enjoy Montana's special places with the special people in my life.