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Chopra: I'm Going Back To Virginia

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 27 2012

Aneesh Chopra at a World Economic Forum event in Nov. 2011. Photo: World Economic Forum

White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra released the following statement Friday afternoon after news broke that he's stepping down:

“After an incredible three years as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, I am returning to my home state of Virginia to continue my work using innovative new technologies and platforms to improve health care, education and energy – and to grow the jobs and industries of the future. I want to thank the President for entrusting me with the task of fostering an innovation culture in government, and for his direction, engagement, and leadership on applying technology for the betterment of all Americans.”

The Washington Post reports that Chopra is "widely expected" to run for lieutenant governor.