Sen. Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) announced Tuesday his decision to serve a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.
Lott, former Senate Majority Leader (1996-2002), is probably best known for his instrumental role in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. He was forced to step down after making ill-conceived comments about Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist presidential campaign.
Explaining his desire to continue to help his home state recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lott said he has enjoyed every minute of his time in Washington. Lott has served as staff member, congressman and senator over a period of 37 years.
“Why end something that you’re having so much fun at?” Lott said.
Current Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.), who replaced Lott in 2003, declared his support for Lott’s decision in a press release:
"Throughout his career Trent’s been true to his Mississippi roots as an outspoken voice for the public interest, and I’m pleased he’s chosen to extend his storied legacy.
"On a personal level, Trent’s been a valued friend and mentor. He’s a resident Senate expert– independent and credible — who has always put the institution and his constituents first. In my mind, his strength, passion and relentless work ethic have never been more evident than this past summer when, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Trent rushed home and was an anchor of strength in a region still reeling from that devastating storm.
"The Senate benefits immeasurably from his leadership, his common-sense approach to public service and his incomparable personality. I look forward to seeing him launch a vigorous campaign and stand ready to help in any way I can."