Obama's Cabinet Shuffle: Who is Leaving and Who Was Asked to Stay
With the departure of Hilda Solis at Labor, we have now seen five members of the President's cabinet announcing their intention to leave since the election: Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Leon Panetta, Lisa Jackson (EPA) and now Hilda Solis. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood has also long suggested he would not stay for a second term.
There's nothing unusual about 2 nd term cabinet changes, of course, and there may be more to come. But a senior White House official tells me that at least three other cabinet secretaries have been asked to stay as the President begins his second term:
- Attorney General Eric Holder
- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- VA 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.