The late Sen. Robert Byrd's top press aide announced Wednesday that he is leaving Capitol Hill after working in Congress for more than twenty years.

Jesse Jacobs, the communications director for the long-time West Virginia Democrat sent out an e-mail to the press saying that his experience has been a "tremendous ride."

He wrote:

After more than two decades of service on Capitol Hill working for three outstanding legislators and statesmen — Byrd, Sarbanes, and Hoyer — it is time for me to take this opportunity to step back, reflect on these wonderful opportunities, and pursue other venues outside of public service.

It has been a tremendous ride for me and I have appreciated your patience, tolerance, professionalism, and laughs over the years during some very trying times.

I don’t know yet where this “hot air balloon” is going to land but in the hopes that our paths may cross again when I settle down ...

Thank you again for a rewarding and learning experience.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Best regards.

Jesse Jacobs

Jacobs served as Byrd's communications director since 2007. Before that, he held the same job with former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) for more than a decade. He also worked in the office of now-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) before joining Sarbanes's staff.