"I wish to inform you that because of present circumstances, I will be unable to perform the duties incumbent on me in representing the people of South Dakota (search) as their U.S. representative.
Therefore I wish to inform you that I will resign from the House of Representatives effective Jan. 20, 2004.
Please let me know if there are any further formalities which I must perform or accomplish to effectuate this resignation.
Representing the people of South Dakota in all the capacities that I have over the years has brought a treasure of memories and friends. This includes the year I have spent in the U.S. House.
Thank you for all the courtesies you have extended to me and the people of South Dakota."