In a press release, on his website, Nevada's Republican Senator John Ensign announced that he has resigned from office effective May 3. In the statement Esign said:
"It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven years. The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada. I can honestly say that being a United States Senator has been the honor of my life."
Ensign's resignation comes amid the fallout from his affair with Cynthia Hampton a campaign staff member, who is married to Esign's former senior aide, Doug Hampton. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.