Attorney General Eric Holder Staying On

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 9 2013 5:15 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder Staying On, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Steps Down

A report shortly after the election claimed Attorney General Eric Holder planned to stay on for about a year into President Obama's second term

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Lots of personnel news coming out of the White House today. Attorney General Eric Holder will be staying in his post as President Obama enters his second term, according to a White House sources cited by the Washington Post. Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affaisr Secretary Eric Shinseki will also stay on.

The news came shortly after Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to head a major federal agency, announced she would resign. President Obama praised Solis in a statement, calling her a “tireless champion for working families.” Her resignation is not a surprise as she had been expected to run for office in Los Angeles. Earlier in the day, word got out that, as was widely expected, Obama plans to nominate White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew for the position of Treasury secretary as early as Thursday.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.



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