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Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stay for second term

12:02 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)
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As President Obama fills out his second term lineup, White House officials say at least three Cabinet members are staying on the job.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will remain at their posts after Obama's second term begins on Jan. 20, officials said.

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Questions remain about the tenures of other high-ranking officials, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, meanwhile, seeks to fill another top slot on Thursday afternoon when he nominates chief of staff Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who plans to leave later this month. Like other Cabinet nominees, Lew must be confirmed by the Senate.

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Others who are departing the Obama administration: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to replace Clinton at State, and former senator Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to replace Panetta at the Pentagon. The president has also tapped counterterrorism aide John Brennan for CIA director to replace David Petraeus, who resigned in November over an extramarital affair.

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The president has not made selections for the Labor Department and the EPA.

And, with the promotion of Lew, the president will need a new chief of staff as well.

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