Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced her retirement. (Mandel Ngan / AFP)
The pre-second term exodus from the Obama administration continued Thursday with the retirement of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.
In a statement, Jackson said she is “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction” after nearly four years as EPA administrator, and she is looking forward to new challenges.
The Associated Press reports that “Jackson’s tenure was marked by high-profile brawls with industry and congressional Republicans over such issues a global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new controls on coal-fired plants.”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has also announced she is leaving ahead of Obama’s second term, which will begin Jan. 20. The president has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Obama’s replacement.
Obama may also have to soon replace Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and perhaps other officials.
Turnover is not unusual between a president’s first and second terms.
Editor’s note: David Jackson reports for USA Today.