Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lone Republican in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, is leaving the administration.
"I want to thank Secretary LaHood for his dedication, his hard work, and his years of service to the American people -- including the outstanding work hes done over the last four years as Secretary of Transportation," the president said in a statement.
The departure of LaHood is the latest of several changes in Obama's administration since the president won re-election in November.
LaHood, 67, was named transportation secretary in January 2009. Before that, he served seven terms in the U.S. House as a representative from Illinois.
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