Obama’s Cabinet Shuffle: Who Is Leaving, Who Was Asked to Stay
(WASHINGTON) — With the departure of Hilda Solis at the Labor Department, we have now seen five members of the President Obama’s Cabinet announcing their intention to leave since the election: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and now, Secretary of Labor Solis.
Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood has also long suggested he would not stay for a second term.
There’s nothing unusual about second term Cabinet changes, of course, and there may be more to come. But a senior White House official tells ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl that at least three other cabinet secretaries have been asked to stay as the Obama begins his second term:
- Attorney General Eric Holder
- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
Among the others we are waiting to hear from: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and, not in the Cabinet but important, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
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