November 13th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama announces resignation from Senate seat

Sen. Obama is giving up his seat in the Senate.
Sen. Obama is giving up his seat in the Senate.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has announced that he will officially resign his Senate seat as of this Sunday.

“It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate,” he said in a statement released by his campaign Thursday.

“In a state that represents the crossroads of a nation, I have met so many men and women who’ve taken different journeys, but hold common hopes for their children’s future. It is these Illinois families and their stories that will stay with me as I leave the United States Senate and begin the hard task of fulfilling the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans as our nation’s next President.”

Obama’s Senate office will close sometime within the next two months. His Senate staff will spend that time coordinating with his replacement, advising constituents with open requests, and archiving documents for Obama’s presidential library.

Several Illinois Democrats - including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, a former congressional candidate who now serves in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration – have been mentioned as possible Senate replacements for Obama.

Blagojevich, who will appoint Obama’s successor, announced last week that he was assembling a panel to vet likely candidates. Obama’s replacement would be up for re-election in 2010.

Vice president-elect Joe Biden – who was also re-elected to his Delaware Senate seat on November 4 - told an interviewer several weeks ago that he would resign when he's sworn in as vice president in January.


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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Roger

    Here's to a new chapter in Obama's life and America's future.

    November 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. diddy

    I hope the seat goes to Jesse Jackson Jr.

    November 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. BKMC

    A great senator who will make a great president. Mr President, the best wishes to you and your beloved family.

    November 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Ms Jamaica

    Good Luck Barack.....god go with you!!

    November 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. 3strikes

    he needs to resignate from president elect too, america doesnt need a inexperienced empty suit socialist.

    "inexperienced" is what biden said

    "empty suit" is what hillary said

    "socialist" is what all the repubs say

    November 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Sharon, PA

    YES, he did. Thank you Illionois for sending your favorite son to lead our nation in this difficult time. I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job.

    Obama/Biden –YES they can.

    November 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    JAN 20 2009 Coming soon Folks it cant get here fast enough!

    November 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Ben, FL

    I wish Palin would resign and go in hiding somewhere.

    McCain's legacy is that stupid Sarah Palin who makes my ears hurt. Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard. And she's still talking–why?

    If she is the face of the new GOP, then the GOP stinks.

    November 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Gloria

    Good Luck–President-Elect! I'm behind you 100%

    November 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. CNN mod

    I thought president elect Obama wanted Valerie jarett to replace him. How is Jesse jackson Jr mentionned before he in this article?

    November 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Steven (Illinois)

    Thank you for your service to Illinois Senator Obama. God be with you.
    -An Illinois resident

    November 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Sam V

    God Bless!

    May the will of the people be with you always as a reminder that Change is what everyone seeks and hope is what we must hang on to through this rough times. United we Stand!

    November 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. a brighter day

    i'm sure the senate will miss you, bless you during this transition.

    November 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is one resignation I'm happy about and hope that the replacement will serve Illinois with dignity and honor as Obama has.

    November 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. bill

    God bless Obama's presidency! As an american I look forward to "working with him" in restoring this great country. We can do if we all come together for the common good~

    November 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. barbara

    Thank you Illinois for sharing this wonderful man with us!

    November 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. CNN mod

    I thought president elect Obama wanted Valerie jarett to replace him. How is Jesse jackson Jr mentionned before her in this article?

    November 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Dan

    We found a better place for you. :-)

    November 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    God bless our new president and his family :)

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Chuck

    I wish you all the best, Barack, you certainly deserve it. Now, go out and be the best President of the United States of America that we've ever had. I mean this from the bottom of my heart.

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. JL

    Now he can spend his time working on a successful transition. Best of luck.

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. OBAMA GIRL

    Well duh, he's going to be president.

    Senator or President ... hmm such a hard descision to make.

    Stop trying to create news CNN just for the sake of making news esp the way you title your articles.

    Good luck President Obama!

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Wow can't wait to see how the far right wingers that post on here tear this move down. So far they've trashed everything this man has done or tried to do, even when it came to choosing a puppy for his kids. I'm sure something negative will be posted.

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Obama Woman from the Start

    Well, this was bound to happen. LOL. Godspeed, President-Elect!

    November 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. We hardly knew ye

    Obama resigns? A bit premature isn't it?
    He was just starting to grow on me.
    :-)

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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