Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) Mississippi Senator Trent Lott says he'll retire from the senate by the end of the year.
The Senate's number-two Republican says it's not his health, and that he feels fine. He says it's just time for him and his wife “To do something else.”
Lott says he leaves with “no anger, no malice.” As for his 16 years in the House and 19 in the Senate, he describes his time on Capitol Hill as “a wild ride -- and one that I'm proud of.”
Lott says President Bush “was very kind in his remarks” after Lott notified him of his resignation. Mississippi's Republican governor will name someone to temporarily replace Lott.
Lott was elected the Senate's Republican Whip last year. That was redemption after being ousted five years ago as the party's Senate leader over comments some interpreted as support for southern segregationist policies.