April 21, 2011 / 11:24 PM / 6 years ago

Nevada Republican senator John Ensign to resign

<p>Senator John Ensign (R-NV) announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas, Nevada March 7, 2011.Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nevada Republican John Ensign will resign from the U.S. Senate on May 3, he announced in a statement on Thursday.

"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," Ensign said.

Rocked by scandal surrounding an extramarital affair, Ensign announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2012.

The senator said he would submit a letter of resignation to Vice President Joe Biden on Friday.

Reporting by JoAnne Allen; editing by Anthony Boadle

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