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Transportation Secretary LaHood is stepping down

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Ray LaHood photo from Paul Courson/CNN

Ray LaHood photo from Paul Courson/CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lone Republican in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, is leaving the administration, a White House official said Tuesday.

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.