On the Hill

Kent Conrad to Retire From Senate

The National Republican Senatorial Committee can put a target on this one: Democratic North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad will soon announce plans to retire from the Senate. The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Conrad has been in office since 1986 but has been ambivalent about running for reelection since Democrats’ 2010 defeat—especially because the other Senate seat from North Dakota changed from Democratic to Republican hands. Democrats in North Dakota insist they’ll fight for the seat in 2012.