Norman Mineta, secretary of transportation, will remain in
his office going into President George W. Bush’s second term, media outlets
Also remaining in the Cabinet are:
Labor Secretary Elaine Chow;
Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Alphonso Jackson; and
Interior Secretary Gale Norton.
Media and political pundits
have speculated for some time that Mineta would leave the Cabinet before the
beginning of Bush’s second term. The secretary has been in federal service for
some time – including serving both President Bush and President Clinton in
Cabinet posts – and has been plagued in recent years by health problems.
However, some of the remarks
he made during an appearance this week at a gathering of road builders indicate
that he plans to stay in his position – at least until the much-delayed
transportation bill finally passes Congress.
“Clearly, the first and
foremost focus of our energies early in the coming year must be working with
the Congress to pass this long-overdue legislation, so that states and local
communities can move forward with their investment plans,” Mineta said.
Tony Principi, secretary of veterans’ affairs, will
leave the Cabinet, to be replaced by Jim Nicholson, the current ambassador to
the Vatican. Nicholson is a former Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran who has also
served in the Army Reserves.