Illinois House Votes to Impeach Blagojevich

"I have been in government for 20 years and never participated in anybody's quid pro quo," Burris said.

Upon being approached to fill the seat amid the allegations involving the governor, Burris said he was "surprised" and took the weekend to think it over and consult with friends before accepting the appointment.

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe and Z. Byron Wolf contributed to this report.

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