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Olympia Snowe: Why I'm Leaving The Senate

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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) speaks to media outside her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday night, Feb. 28, 2012, about her decision not to run for re-election this fall. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) | AP

Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today’s political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.

I have been immeasurably honored to serve the people of Maine for nearly 40 years in public office and for the past 17 years in the United States Senate. It was incredibly difficult to decide that I would not seek a fourth term in the Senate.

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