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Wednesday January 16, 2013

Ken Salazar to Step Down as Interior Secretary

Ken Salazar to Step Down as Interior Secretary

Photo: Ken Salazar Stepping Down as Interior Secretary

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The Denver Post is reporting that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is stepping down from his position by the end of March and returning to his native Colorado.

The former Colorado senator began his term as U.S. Interior Secretary in 2008.  To his credit Salazar has overseen the creation of seven new national parks in the country and ten new wildlife refuges.  His most difficult days were overseeing one of the country’s biggest environmental disasters, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon well that resulted in 53,000 gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Salazar, 57, has called for more National American Latino historical landmarks.  In 2011, he announced four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations he believed deserved to be included in the National Register of Historic Places or included as national parks or historic landmarks.

Salazar is the latest Obama administration member to announce their retirement.  Thus far Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis have announced they are stepping down from their posts.