Thune is extensively considered as a possible successor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his choice to run once more is a boon to celebration leaders, who lobbied him not to retire. But it was unclear for months whether or not Thune would run once more, as he reportedly weighed household considerations.
Former President Donald Trump had referred to as on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to main Thune, after he predicted that the House GOP effort to problem the 2020 election outcomes would “go down like a shot dog.” Noem, nevertheless, publicly declined to accomplish that.
In a press release following his announcement, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.) counseled Thune’s choice and endorsed him — a transfer the committee makes with incumbent GOP senators.
“John Thune has served South Dakotans with humble strength since his very first day in the Capitol, and the NRSC is proud to endorse his 2022 reelection,” Scott stated. “Having risen through the ranks and into leadership, Senator Thune has given an out-sized voice to South Dakota farmers, ranchers, families, and job creators.”
With Thune’s announcement Saturday and an anticipated reelection announcement from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) within the coming days, it’s unlikely that the Senate will see any extra retirements this 12 months. A complete of 5 Senate Republicans and one Senate Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, plan to go away Congress on the finish of 2022.
The 61-year-old Thune was elected to the Senate in 2004, after defeating then-Democratic chief Tom Daschle. As of the tip of September, Thune had $14.eight million money available.