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WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2004
(CBS/AP) Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned Friday, broadening an exodus that has emptied more than half of President Bush's Cabinet before he starts his second term.
"It's time for me and my family to move on to the next chapter in our life," Thompson said at a news conference a few hours after giving his formal resignation to the president.
Thompson used the news conference to tout what he said was a long list of accomplishments in his tenure as head of a department that oversees a broad range of health-related issues, not once mentioning the political controversy that accompanied many of them.