MONTPELIER (AP) - The majority leader in the Vermont Senate is resigning from the Legislature due to health reasons.

Sixty-eight-year-old Sen. Bill Carris, a Democrat representing Rutland County, says he's decided back and foot problems will prevent him from fully doing his job at the Statehouse during the session set to start next month.

Carris had surgery this fall, but says it did not alleviate his problems to the degree he hoped it would. He says he's loved his time in Montpelier and is sorry that he needs to step down.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, who will appoint someone to serve out the term until the next election in 2014, says Carris' departure is a loss to Rutland County and the state at large.