Economic Adviser Romer Resigns As Chief Of Obama’s Economic Council

The Obama administration saw two more transitions in key posts Thursday.

The U.S. Senate confirmed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper as the next director of intelligence while Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, resigned.

Christina Romer, head of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, will step down and return to her teaching post at the University of California, White House officials said on Thursday.

Her resignation is effective Sept. 3, and doesn’t appear to be a surprise, as reports say Romer had always said her time in the Capitol was temporary. She was appointed to the post in November 2008.

Romer’s decision was impacted by “family commitments,” Obama said in a statement, according to the Post. Her husband, who also works at Berkley, is scheduled to return his own post and her teenage son will be starting high school, the Post noted.

Romer, who has been a big supporter of health care reform and the president’s stimulus plan, is one of Obama’s principle economic advisers- and certainly, one of the most visible. The two meet on almost a daily basis.

“Christy Romer has provided extraordinary service to me and our country during a time of economic crisis and recovery,” Obama said in a statement. “While Christy’s family commitments require that she return home, I’m gratified that she will continue to offer her insights and advice as a member of my Economic Recovery Advisory Board.”

Romer had previously expressed an interest in returning to California once her son starts high school in the fall, Obama added.

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