Holder, Sebelius, Shinseki to stay on for second Obama term

Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderTop Dem signals likely opposition to Sessions nomination Instead of 'hope and change' Obama gave progressives Trump Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump MORE and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusLeaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet Romney: Trump victory 'very possible' Fighting for assisted living facilities MORE will stay in their positions in President Obama’s second term, White House officials said Thursday.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric ShinsekiVeterans group blasts VA secretary, despite words of regret Cruz: VA secretary 'should resign' VA secretary refuses to apologize for Disney comments MORE also will remain, the officials said.

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In 2012, the House voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress for failing to provide information demanded by Republicans in a probe into a gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

Seventeen Democrats voted in favor of placing Holder in contempt in the 255-67 vote. The House was also authorized in a separate 258-95 vote to take civil action against Holder, a step it took because the Department of Justice did not intend to pursue the criminal contempt measure. Twenty-one Democrats voted for the civil action.

Holder and Democrats said the probe and vote pushed by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) were politically motivated.

“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided and politically motivated investigation during an election year,” Holder said at the time. “By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety.”

The White House has been facing criticism about diversity in the Cabinet and in the halls of the West Wing, but Holder's and Sebelius's decisions to stay keep a high-profile African-American and a woman in Obama's Cabinet.

Obama's last two appointments — Sen. John KerryJohn KerrySharpton pressures Dems on Trump nominees Words are not enough — US must support Christians who survived genocide in Iraq What’s Russia’s real power? The power of the purse MORE (D-Mass.) and former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World Ex-Dem leader: Clinton should include GOP in Cabinet Even Steven: How would a 50-50 Senate operate? MORE (R-Neb.) — are white men. And Obama is expected to nominate White House chief of staff Jack LewJack LewOvernight Finance: House GOP plans short-term spending bill | Senate Republicans not happy | Yellen intends to finish term Lew: Don't paint Wall Street execs with 'broad brushstroke' Dumping Obama’s faux foreign tax legislation should be high on Trump's to-do list MORE to be Treasury secretary as soon as this week.

The White House also announced Wednesday that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would leave the administration.

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday, responding to a White House-released photo of a mostly-male inner circle staff, said it was "not reflective of the diversity of the White House staff."

—This story was posted at 4:53 p.m. and updated at 5:40 p.m.