Senator Harry Reid has announced he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term.
Reid posted a video to YouTube making the announcement.
"I won't be running again for re-election," posted Reid in the comments to the video. "My life's work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. I haven't been perfect, but I've done my best. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity."
The following was posted on his website:
"The job of minority leader of the United States Senate is just as important as being the majority leader. It gives you so much opportunity to do good things for this country. And that's what I am focused on. But this accident has caused us for the first time to have a little down time. I have had time to ponder and to think. We've got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that I'm not going to run for re-election."
Reid was first elected to the Senate in 1986. He was elected Senate Democratic leader after winning a fourth term.