Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.), a leading cable TV critic in Congress, announced this week he will resign when his term ends in 1994.

Danforth sponsored the cable reregulation bill last year that led to the only override of a veto by President Bush.

The influential third-term lawmaker serves as the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, the panel that oversees broadcast and cable TV matters.

Danforth also helped fellow Missouri Republican Al Sikes get the chairmanship of the Federal Communications Commission. Sikes, who resigned his FCC post Jan. 19 and who has expressed political ambitions, said yesterday it is “very unlikely” he will run for Danforth’s seat.

Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest and a lawyer, and has said he will continue to serve in both capacities when he returns to St. Louis.

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