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Sen. Shelby (R-AL) to Retire

Sen. Shelby (R- AL) announced that he would not seek another term.  Shelby is completing his 6th term.  "During my time in the Senate, I have been given great opportunity, having chaired four committees: Appropriations, Rules, Banking, and Intelligence. In these positions of leadership, I have strived to influence legislation that will have a lasting impact – creating the conditions for growth and opportunity." “Although I plan to retire, I am not leaving today. I have two good years remaining to continue my work in Washington. I have the vision and the energy to give it my all.”

Shelby's retirement opens a path for Maine's Susan Collins to take over the helm as top Senate GOP appropriator.  Sen. Collins would be the first woman to lead the Appropriations panel's Republicans, and if the chamber flips in 2022, would be the second woman to hold the Appropriations gavel. Former Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, (D-MD), who did not seek reelection in 2016, was the first.