Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Step Down

4798Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said on Tuesday he planned to resign, marking the latest departure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Reuters/Reuters - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood talks about an agreement to build a new public bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada during a news conference in Windsor Canada in this file photo taken June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook 
"I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation," LaHood said in a statement.

LaHood, a Republican and former Illinois congressman, brought a bipartisan element to the Democratic president's team. LaHood said he would stay on until his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Obama has been under pressure to bring more women and minorities into his Cabinet.

Source: Reuters
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Jackie Frank and Bill Trott)
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