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Sen. Shelby considering retirement: AP

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-Ala.) is reportedly considering retiring next year, with The Associated Press reporting that he has told confidants that he does not plan to run for reelection.

The AP, citing an unnamed ally of Shelby's in Alabama, reported that he said in recent weeks he was not planning to run for his seventh term in 2022.

The person added that some were trying to get Shelby to change his mind out of fear that he could be replaced with someone who isn’t as effective.

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Shelby also told a group of business leaders several months ago that he would rather retire than run again, the AP reported, citing a person in attendance.

"Senator Shelby has not made a decision or an announcement regarding whether or not he plans to run in 2022. Any speculation is just that, speculation," Blair Taylor, a spokeswoman for Shelby, said in a statement to The Hill.

Taylor told the AP that the Alabama Republican hasn’t made a decision but added that “there will likely be an announcement forthcoming in the next few weeks.”

The GOP senator told reporters on Capitol Hill last week that he would address his political future after the impeachment trial.

Shelby, 86, is the upper chamber’s fourth-most senior member. Currently in his sixth term, Shelby was elected in 1986 as a conservative Democrat but switched to the Republican Party in 1994.

For the past two years, Shelby has served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Political observers in Alabama have long eyed whether Shelby would retire in 2022, with the senator previously telling The Hill that he would make an announcement in January.

The AP noted that Shelby has mulled retirement before, with former Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead telling the outlet that Shelby previously considered his 2016 reelection bid his last campaign, adding that "things change."

Several GOP senators have already indicated they will not seek another term next year, including Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid Democratic hopeful Jeff Jackson raises .3M for North Carolina Senate bid Rick Scott 'very optimistic' Grassley will run for another term MORE (N.C.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (Ohio).

Jordain Carney contributed

Updated: 11:25 a.m.