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Spokesman: Lott's final day in Senate is this week

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Retiring Mississippi Republican Trent Lott's colleagues are paying tribute to him today (Tuesday) on the U.S. Senate floor as he prepares to leave office this week.

Lott's spokesman Lee Youngblood told The Associated Press that Lott plans to end his 35-year career in elected office either Wednesday or Thursday.

Republican Governor Haley Barbour will appoint a successor to serve until a special election is held next year.

Lott, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, announced in his home state November 26th that he would resign by year's end.

The 66-year-old said he wants to pursue another interests, but he hasn't said what those are.

There's widespread speculation that Lott might enter the lobbying business with one of his longtime friends, former Senator John Breaux, a conservative Democrat from Louisiana.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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