Agencies | Last Modified - Jan 28, 2012, 10:07 AM IST
Washington: US President Barack Obama's information technology honcho, Aneesh Chopra, who was the highest ranking Indian American in the Obama administration, is leaving the White House, apparently to try his hand at politics.
Announcing Chopra’s resignation, Assistant to the President and the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Obama said "Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century.
"Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records."
"His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service."
Though there is no official reason given for Chopra's resignation, reports claim that Chopra might run for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
The timing of his resignation allows Chopra to campaign this year for his two former bosses: former governor Tim Kaine, who is running to replace retiring Senator James Webb this year; and Obama, who will face a tough fight in the swing state of Virginia.
He is expected to attend Virginia Democrats' biggest fundraiser of the year, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, Feb 11 in Richmond, where those who are looking to run statewide host parties and mingle with more than 1,500 activists, the Post said.
The eldest son of Indian immigrants, Chopra, 40, was sworn in into his White House job on May 22, 2009 after serving as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 to April 2009.