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

Obama announces resignation from Senate seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. young and informed independant

    lovely job MR PRESIDENT… and to those who are already complaining when you haven't even taken office.. Just as much as I hated george bush, he was my president.. And now BARACK OBAMA IS YOURS.. Deal with it!

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Red, Red WHINE!!

    A great man.

    Hey republicans, bet you wish your people were leaving their seats voluntarily rather then being voted out of them and in many cases...."INCARCERATED" out of them! Ha ha ha....

    GOP: pathetic criminals, religious nut cases, conservative self serving scum, corporate socialists, losers.

    DNC: integrity, honor, patriotism, victory.

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. wow

    wow robert the man,

    that's pure ignorance. you need to grow up. It's not needed nor appreciated. Whatever your stance is on whichever candidate, the fact remains that Obama is the president-elect. Where he leads and what change he brings will shape the near future as we see it and honestly, we need change.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Jimmy Ortega

    I thought Indiana was the crossroads state and not Illinois. Maybe this is also rhetoric just as his entire campaign was, and his entire presidency will be. All those who voted for Obama will regret it, just as the Bush lovers regret their votes now.

    Hillary for 2012.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I hope that Jesse Jackson Jr. is appointed to that Senate Seat!

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Mike

    As an illinoisan, I say "Whew!!" As an American, I say "OH CRAP!"

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Andre

    Let the reconstruction begin! A New America! TYG!

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Fred NH

    To all you bitter Republicans
    Yes we can
    Yes we did
    Yes we will
    Now get over it and join the change.

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. JP

    Ummm...yea. In 4 years time when your taxes are higher and you have LESS money in your pocket, look in the mirror. That's who to blame. Democrat controlled govt = bigger govt. Spend spend spend!

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. That one

    3strikes November 13th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

    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


    3strikes ..You are a uneducated idiot. I will pray for you.

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Gloria - Minnesota

    Of course he needed to resign now rather than later...he has a great deal to do before taking the oath of office on 1/20/09!

    Godspeed Pres. Elect Obama to you and your family!

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Repukes Lost

    I love these anti-Obama posts! They ask him to resign the presidency to make everyone happy. Are they that dense? He won the popular vote AND the electoral college. These sore losers are in the minority and are too dense to realize it. So sad...

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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