Politico | Ken Salazar stepping down by end of March

Interior Secretary Ken  Salazar is ending months of speculation about his future and will step down  by the end of March.

The Denver Post first reported the news  early Wednesday, and Salazar made the news official just before 10 a.m.

“Colorado is and will always be my home,” said Salazar, who previously  represented the state in the Senate. He added: “I have had the privilege of  reforming the Department of the Interior to help lead the United States in  securing a new energy frontier, ushering in a conservation agenda for the 21st  century, and honoring our word to the nation’s first Americans."

The White House quickly issued a statement from President Barack Obama  praising Salazar and saying he had "played an integral role in my  administration’s successful efforts to expand responsible development of our  nation’s domestic energy resources."

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