Two news conferences were announced Friday by the "Trent Lott for Mississippi" organization, the senator's campaign committee. Lott will begin Tuesday in his hometown of Pascagoula at the LaFont Inn and later that day at the state Capitol in Jackson.
There's been widespread speculation about whether the 64-year-old Republican will seek another six-year term in the Senate. Candidates' qualifying deadline is Mar. 1. Party primaries are June 6. The general election is Nov. 7.
Asked recently how long he planned to stay in Washington, Lott said, "As long as it takes to get the job done for Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, at the very minimum."
Lott lost his beach-side home in Pascagoula when Katrina struck Aug. 29.
He started his Washington career as administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. William Colmer in 1968. When Colmer opted not to run again in 1972, Lott was elected to the south Mississippi congressional seat as a Republican. He won his first attempt for a Senate seat in 1988, and has served there since 1989.
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