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Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th President of the United States on November 22, 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Johnson was a Democrat from Texas who served as a U.S. Representative and Senator before becoming the Vice President under Kennedy. Johnson successfully ran for reelection in 1964 and was eligible to run for another term in 1968, but he decided not to seek another term. His decision was likely based on his failing health and his low approval ratings, which were largely due to his controversial Vietnam policies and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.