2 Oct 2010

White House chief of staff to seek Chicago mayoralty

10:27 am on 2 October 2010

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has announced his resignation to make a bid to be elected Mayor of Chicago.

President Barack Obama described him as "one of a kind".

Mr Emanuel said on Friday he was sad to be leaving his position in Washington, but he was "excited to headed home to Chicago - the greatest city in the greatest country in the world".

Mr Emanuel, 50, is from Chicago and represented the Illinois 5th district in Congress for six years. The BBC reports he has a reputation for abrasiveness.

Mayor Richard M Daley announced on 7 September that he would be stepping down.

Mr Daley has been mayor of Chicago since 1989, the second-longest to serving the city since his father, the late Richard J Daley.

The BBC reports Pete Rouse, 64, who served as Mr Obama's chief of staff in the US Senate, will be Mr Emanuel's interim replacement.

He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Other resignations

Other top officials to have announced their departures recently, include budget director Peter Orszag and economist Lawrence Summers, who is to leave his position as the director of the National Economic Council at the end of the year.