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LaHood leaving DOT


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Another member of the Obama administration is leaving.

Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, announced his resignation. 

The former congressman from Illinois says in an interview with The Associated Press that he intends to remain at the department until his successor is confirmed.

LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois, saying he believes "you should go out while they're applauding."

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates also was a Republican.

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