|U.S. Junior Senator, Nevada|
| Assumed office (class I) |
|Preceded by||Richard Bryan|
|Born||March 25, 1958|
He was elected to the Senate in 2000, and reelected in 2006. Ensign served in the U.S. House from 1994-1998, when he resigned to make an unsuccessful campaign for Senate. In 2009, he confessed to an affair with a campaign staffer. Senator Ensign announced on March 7, 2011 that he won't seek re-election in 2012. 
He was born in Roseville, California. His family moved to Nevada, where his mother re-married Michael S. Ensign, a casino/gambling executive. John is a former veterinarian. He and his wife Darlene have three children and reside in Las Vegas.
Although Ensign is staunch foe of illegal immigration, he hosted a fundraiser at the Miami home of a woman who plead guilty to passport fraud, and who is fighting deportation. (Source: ThinkProgress.org, May 8, 2007)