FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a 75-year-old
Republican from Kentucky, intends to seek re-election in 2010.
"I'm one of the young guys up here," Bunning, R-Ky., told
reporters in a telephone call Tuesday morning from Washington.
If re-elected, Bunning would be 79 when he is sworn in for his
third term in the Senate. He would be 85 at the end of the term.
"I've formed my committee already," Bunning said. "I'm
Bunning, who spent 17 year as a major league pitcher and is a
member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, said several other senators
are older than him. He pointed to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.,
who is 89 and serving as chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
He said at least three other senators who are over 80 and still
"This is a kind of tradition that goes way back past me,"
Bunning said. "I'm just a Johnny-come-lately to this group."
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