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Energy Secretary Pena To Resign

April 6, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Energy Secretary Federico Pena, the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Clinton administration, will announce his resignation today, aides said.

Pena, who served as Transportation Secretary in Clinton’s first term, scheduled an 11:30 a.m. EDT news conference to announce his decision.

At the White House, officials said Pena’s letter of resignation indicated Pena would stay through June.

Pena, 51, gave no reason for his departure, although he had expressed an interest in leaving Washington when Clinton finished his first term in early 1997. The former Denver mayor agreed to take over the sprawling Energy Department for one year.

An aide said he made the decision to resign over the weekend. The aide, who asked not to be identified, refused to discuss Pena’s motive for leaving.

``He needs to explain this in his own words,″ the aide said.

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