EPA Head Lisa Jackson Stepping Down
Jackson's tenure marked by big fights with Republicans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2012 10:44 AM CST
This photo April 17, 2012 file photo shows Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with the Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington.   (Kevin Wolf)

(Newser) – The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants, and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health. Jackson, the agency's first black administrator, was constantly caught between White House pledges to solve controversial environmental problems and steady resistance from Republicans—Mitt Romney called for her firing during the campaign, and the House Energy Committee's GOP chair said she'd need her own parking spot at the Capitol because he planned to bring her in for questioning so frequently.

Jackson, 50, a chemical engineer by training, did not point to any particular reason for her departure. Historically, Cabinet members looking to move on will leave at the beginning of a president's second term. "I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make a difference," she said in a statement. President Obama thanked Jackson for her "unwavering commitment" to public health, calling her "an important part of my team."

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Dec 28, 2012 9:38 AM CST
So none of you think that her resignation had anything to do with the Justice Department's impending release of "alias" emails sent by the esteemed Ms Jackson? Under the name "Richard Windsor"? Just why would the head of the EPA need to use an alias in the performance of official government business? But of course, to even ask these apparently legitimate questions amounts to character assassination, right?
Dec 27, 2012 11:26 AM CST
I am surprised she stuck around this long. What with the constant character assasination and vitiriol flung her way by the republicans. Fox "News" would be so proud of their pocketed politicians. They followed the script to a T More power to ya' Lisa!
Dec 27, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Good riddance. Time to shut down the job-killing EPA.