In this Jan. 8, 2009 file photo, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., asks a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate ethics committee cleared Conrad and Sen. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, FILE)
January 18, 2011 10:24:36 AM PST
By DALE WETZEL, Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. - January 18, 2011 --
North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election in 2012, saying he will concentrate instead on reducing the national debt and dependence on foreign oil.