Washington – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lone Republican in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the administration for the president’s second term.
The departure of LaHood is the latest of several changes in Obama’s administration since the president won re-election in November. He’s at least the sixth Cabinet official to say he is leaving as Obama begins his next four years in office.
LaHood, 67, was named transportation secretary in January 2009. Before that, he served seven terms in the U.S. House as a representative from Illinois. He said in a statement Tuesday he would remain in his role until a successor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“I’ve told President Obama, and I’ve told many of you, that this is the best job I’ve ever had. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of you and I’m confident that DOT will continue to achieve great things in the future,” LaHood wrote.
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