01/16/2013 04:55 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary, Reportedly Plans To Leave Cabinet Position In March

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reportedly plans to step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration.

According to The Denver Post, Salazar will announce his departure on Wednesday. He has already told President Obama of his intention to leave the job by the end of March, and plans to return to Colorado to spend more time with his family.

During his tenure in the Interior, Salazar established seven national parks, 10 wildlife refuges and 18 solar energy projects. He also oversaw the government's handling of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to joining Obama's cabinet, Salazar served as Colorado's senator and sat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate in 2009.



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