Sen. Ensign says he will resign on May 3
April 21st, 2011
07:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Sen. Ensign says he will resign on May 3

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who is under an ethics investigation by the Senate, announced Thursday that he will resign his seat on May 3.

Ensign had previously said he would not run for re-election in 2012 following revelations that he had an affair with a female aide who was the wife of another top aide, and that his parents subsequently gave money to the aides' family.


Filed under: John Ensign • Nevada
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Zot Mugu

    If he had any character what so ever he would have done this months ago. Good riddance and don't the let door hit you on the way out.

    April 21, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. keeth in cali

    Did he run out of bribing money?

    April 21, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    It is about time. This man has disgraced his family and the office he holds. Is it not amazing that the party of family values has none?

    April 21, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Thewwie

    Go figure.

    April 21, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. KH in OK

    Another one bites the dust.

    April 21, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Chris

    Oh, that's right – just like every state, Nevada has two Senators. Funny, throughout the 2010 elections, conservatives repeatedly brought up Reid, and blamed all of Nevada's problems solely on him. Yet, the junior senator, Ensign, the Republican, and the one under investigation regarding ethics, wasn't even mentioned at all.

    April 21, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. CBR

    Senator Ensign has made the correct decision. Had he really been thinking of his constituents and family he would have done so earlier.

    April 21, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. ED FL

    This would be a disgrace to most people ,but as a GOP politicianit is a badge of honor. Now he can run for Governor and should get elected with all the influence his parents have there.

    April 21, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Jake

    good old-fashioned Republican family values!

    April 21, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. ruemorgue

    The Republican Party of the Self-Righteous strikes again! What a joke! The biggest bunch of hypocrites are in the Republican Party.

    April 21, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    It would be interesting to hear what the people of Nevada think about this. Personally, if he were my senator, I would have hoped he would have resigned when this whole nasty business came to light.

    April 21, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |