Obama Cabinet liaison leaving for private practice

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's longest serving advisers who has been on his team since he ran for the Senate is leaving this month to work as a lawyer in private practice.

Danielle Gray currently handles the delicate internal diplomacy of Cabinet relations for Obama, but will sit behind him in the last Cabinet meeting Tuesday. She plans to depart after the State of the Union Jan. 28. Her new job and her replacement are still being worked out.

She wanted to leave the White House last year, but Obama asked her to stay to focus on strengthening Cabinet relations in his second term.

Obama said in a statement that she's been instrumental in shaping his administration's policy and he'll continue to rely on her counsel outside the White House.

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