U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi says personal losses he suffered because of Hurricane Katrina will weigh on his decision whether to run for re-election in 2006.
The Mississippi Republican lost his waterfront home in Pascagoula during the Aug. 29 storm.
The former Senate majority leader says he has a $400,000 loss after the flood insurance.
Lott told The Sun Herald newspaper that his family is divided over his running again.
Another consideration, he says, is that he's so disappointed with the Bush administration's response to the disaster that he says, "I'm almost embarrassed."
Lott was elected to the Senate in 1988 after serving 16 years in the House. He lost his leadership post in 2002 after making racially tinged remarks at a 100th birthday party for one-time segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond.
Lott hinted that if he does seek re-election, he might seek another leadership post.
Mississippi Congressman and fellow Republican Chip Pickering has been expected to run for Senate if Lott or Sen. Thad Cochran retired.
Democrats who might be interested include former Mississippi attorney general, Mike Moore.