U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana, pictured) is retiring, but not completely. Upon the New Year, he’ll be out of Congress after serving six terms. But he’ll teach a class at Illinois State University in Normal on Congress and war powers, and he’ll join the Nessler Law Firm, based in Springfield, not as a full-time lawyer bit in a client relations capacity, which he views as a good way to “stay connected” with people.
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“That’s a good way to do it. People call in with problems, and that’s what we’ve been about is solving problems, so my expectation is I’ll stay busy as I want to be, but I’m retiring for a reason, and that is to not be working full-time, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said on WDWS-AM radio in Champaign. Johnson says he will not be able to coast to the end of his tenure in Congress, with legislation on the so-called fiscal cliff possibly being called for a vote before the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013.
Johnson says that constituent service files in his office are being distributed to the four congressmen who will represent what was once his district, depending on where the affected constituent lives: Reps. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno), Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) and Rep.-elect Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).