It’s official: President-elect Barack Obama’s resigning his Senate seat effective this Sunday. Here’s Obama’s statement just e-mailed to the press from his transition team:
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. Â In a state that represents the crossroads of a nation, I have met so many men and women whoâ€™ve taken different journeys, but hold common hopes for their childrenâ€™s future. Â 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 nationâ€™s next President.
No word yet on when Vice President-elect Joe Biden will resign his Delaware Senate seat. His son, Beau Biden, is rumored to be replacing him. The name of Obama’s Senate replacement hasn’t been released.