EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her position in the president’s cabinet, Jackson announced Thursday.
Jackson, 50, who has served for nearly all of President Obama’s first term in office, said she will leave after the president’s State of the Union speech in January.
“I want to thank President Obama for the honor he bestowed on me and the confidence he placed in me four years ago this month when he announced my nomination as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Jackson’s statement reads.
EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe will reportedly guide the agency until Jackson is replaced.
In Jackson’s statement, she quoted Obama’s speech to EPA employees in which the president credited the agency with moving toward energy independence and protecting water, food and air.
Obama also credited Jackson with developing the nation’s first fuel economy standards in more than 20 years.
“So I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make a difference.”
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