Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today will announce his resignation from President Barack Obama’s cabinet effective in March to spend more time with his family in Colorado.
The resignation has been widely anticipated, as the former Colorado senator has been spending most weekends in his home state since before Obama was reelected in November.
Salazar’s tenure was marked by numerous controversial actions at the agency, including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico for which environmentalists criticized him for a slow response to the disaster.
He was later criticized by Republican lawmakers for overreacting to the spill by enacting a moratorium on all drilling creating an economic hardship on the already struggling region.
Last month, Salazar was criticized for shutting down the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in California in order to revert the tidal inlet to a wilderness state.