Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., announced his decision not to seek another term in Congress, Monday, saying he is fed up with the excessive partisanship on Capitol Hill.
"To put it in words I think most people can understand: I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress," Bayh said at a news conference Indianapolis. He was joined by his wife and two sons.
The two-term senator said his decision was not political, but personal. He said Congress is in need of 'significant reform.' Bottom line, he says is that "People's business is not getting done."
"My decision should not be interpreted for more than it is, a very difficult, deeply personal one," Bayh's said. "I am an executive at heart. I value my independence. I am not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology."
With Indiana being a Republican-leaning state, Bayh's exit will give the GOP a good chance of taking another seat away from the Democrats this year's mid-term elections.
The 54-year-old former governor of Indiana was on President Obama's short list for possible vice presidential picks.
Meanwhile, Democrats will need to move quickly to find a replacement for Bayh's seat, as Friday is the filing deadline for the May primary.