Former East Bay congresswoman Ellen Tauscher is stepping down as under secretary for arms control and international security at the U.S. State Department, according to The Cable, a Washington D.C.-based foreign policy news site.
Tauscher will remain at the State Department part-time as a special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense while pursuing her work as a cancer patient advocate. She successfully fought esophageal cancer last year and began sharing her inspirational story.
The former Alamo resident represented the 10th Congressional District for seven terms. She resigned in mid-2009 and took the high-level federal post, where she reported to friend and ally, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Here’s what The Cable reporter Josh Rogin posted a few minutes ago:
Following her successful battle with esophageal cancer, Ellen Tauscher is taking a step back and handing over several of her responsibilities as the State Department’s top arms control official, State Department officials told The Cable today.
In early February, Tauscher will formally resign as undersecretary of State for arms control and international security and be appointed to a newly created position called the “special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense.” She will be working part-time, using her new flexibility to work on cancer patient advocacy and pursuing projects outside of government. Officials told The Cable that after 13 years in Congress and 3 years in the administration, she decided that the time had come for her to take a breather and focus on other interests.
“Ellen has been campaigning, legislating, and working at a breakneck pace for nearly 16 years and, now with a new lease on life, she wants to focus on some new opportunities while still working on critically important national security issues,” a State Department official told The Cable today.