Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano resigns

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced on Friday that she will be resigning from her position as Secretary to pursue a position as the nominated President of the University of California.

"For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security," Napolitano said. "The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation's efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career."

The Department of Homeland Security works to improve traveler safety, improve immigration litigation, protect the nation's borders, make cyberspace secure and respond to national disasters and emergencies. Napolitano has been with the DHS for four years and played a role in helping respond to the Joplin tornado and Hurricane Sandy, among other accomplishments, for which President Barack Obama commended her in a farewell statement.

"I want to thank Secretary Napolitano for her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years," Obama said. "At the Department of Homeland Security, Janet's portfolio has included some of the toughest challenges facing our country. She's worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild. Since day one, Janet has led my administration's effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values. And the American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet's leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks."

Napolitano thanked the President in a resignation statement and said she trusted the DHS will continue to serve the people righteously. Obama thanked her for her service and wished her well on her next position.

"I've come to rely on Janet's judgment and advice, but I've also come to value her friendship," Obama said. "And as she begins a new chapter in a remarkable career of public service, I wish her the best of luck."