EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNapolitano Stepping Down As Homeland Security Head
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Also Contributing: ABC News
Reported: Jul. 12, 2013 4:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 4:30 PM EDT
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to step down from her cabinet position in order to become president of the University of California system, ABC News has learned.
Napolitano, who has been serving in her current post since 2009, was the first woman to helm of the Department of Homeland Security. A Democrat, she previously served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009 and before that was the state’s attorney general.
Napolitano notified President Obama of her decision to step down a month ago, sources say. She is planning to leave her post in early September.
Her departure paves the way for what could be a rocky confirmation battle for whomever President Obama decides to appoint to succeed her at a time when the administration’s nominees are facing delays in Congress.
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