Energy Secretary Steven Chu Stepping Down

Steven Chu
Steven Chu

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Friday he is stepping down from his position and will not stay on for a second term, Politico reports.

Darius Dixon writes Chu plans to resign upon Senate confirmation of his successor and at least through the ARPA-E Summit at the end of February.

Former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm were listed in Politico’s report as potential successors.

Ernest Moniz, a former energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration and currently a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has also been floated as a candidate to succeed Chu, according to Politico.

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