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. Alex

    OK, so how about butting out of Senate business and letting Reid and co. kick Lieberman to the curb where he belongs now???

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Julie

    We are ready for you to be our President!

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

    You go Barack!
    Thank you Illinois!
    You gave us our best President ever!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Geoffrey Rose

    Thank you for serving with distinction. Best of luck in your new office.

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Steve

    Why not just RESIGN!!!! Make us all happy and joyous!!

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Puff

    Just go away mr empty suit

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. ron

    God speed President elect Obama. You have entered unfriendly ground. The evil doers live in the US. The other problems around the world can easily be handled.

    November 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Patrick of Canton, Ohio

    oh yay, another democrat senate seat secured.One more for the inevitable oligarchy.

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Chris

    Ms Jamaica – Which "god " do you mean? Oh, right, Barack thinks they are all the same.

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    God speed we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. John in Arizona

    This is the prudent action and opens the immediate opportunity for the Illinois governor to appoint his successor.

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. John

    What documents are they going to archive? He's been a Senator since January, 2005 and spent 70% of the time campaigning? That's what I call a rip off? He should consider forfeiting his salary and instead receive compensation from the $700 million he raised.

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Hiwot

    President Elect Obama Don't let Wahington change you my dear. i don have any dought you will be excellent president!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. NYer

    Whatever BARRY! Hopefully you will be GONE in 4 years. You may have coned 65 million people, but 55 million saw through your fog of lies and phony promises.

    VOTE OUT BARRY IN 2012 !!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Chris, San Diego

    God bless you Barack Obama! Keep making us proud and never be afraid to tell us the truth and ask for our help. Together, yes we can and yes we will!

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. beyond politics

    Put Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in his place!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Griff

    Resiegn Period!!! Idiot.... You a Leader.. A man????? Maybe!
    I Doubt it.... Satan!!! definitly.... No good at all to America.. Your Blacks will pay the Bigger Price....Who wan;'t to Employ an Idiot???
    Scholl JKids already don't trust you.. You have ruined any Future a Black Kid has in America...............All for your own Ego.............

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Alex in the I-4 Corridor

    Tammy Duckworth - Now
    Jesse Jackson Jr. - 2010

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Mason45

    May God continues to bless you Mr. Obama.
    Angela

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Gayle

    I don’t live in the state of Illinois, but I Thank You all for allowing all of us the privilege in having him now as the President of the United States. In reading this article it indicated that the staff in his office was not also closing it down so to speak but was also starting too achieve things for his eventual President library that was a WOW. To know as an African American that one day we as a people will be able to walk into a library that will honor him.

    God be with you Mr. President.

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Dave

    To the great State of Illinois: Thank you for the gift you have given to your fellow Americans soon to be known as President Barack Obama.

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. ST

    Once again, a statement which is clear and touching and shows the quality of person we have elected to become our next President. May he succeed in making all of us take more responsiblity for ourselves and our brethren in helping the United States continue on its path to equality and at the same time improve our economy so that all may benefit.

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. SD,Michigan

    Hopefully both Obama and Biden will pick worhty replacements who will have no problem getting re-elected in 2010.
    Thank you Senators for your service!

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Linda from Prescott AZ

    You are the best, we will once again be lead by an honorable man, who has high principals.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Abdirahman

    Good luck President OBAMA .Be considerate in all your action .Deliver
    peace,opportunity to all who strive for it.Let and let Washington not
    change you but change washinton for Americans.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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