Top HUD official under Carson resigns

Pam Patenaude, the deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced Monday that she is resigning from her position in the Trump administration. 

"This morning I informed [HUD Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Senior HUD official reprimanded for making political statements on the job MORE] of my decision to leave HUD in the new year," Patenaude tweeted in a statement. "Serving at HUD as Deputy Secretary has been the highlight of my 35-year career in housing."

She added that "it has been an honor to serve President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE and Secretary Carson and I am deeply grateful to both for this opportunity."

"Thank you to my HUD family and fellow 'housers' for helping Americans access decent, safe and affordable housing," she concluded. 

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Carson thanked Patenaude for her  "tremendous contributions to advancing HUD’s mission" in a statement, according to NBC News. 

"She is a true public servant, and I wish her well as she returns to private life in New Hampshire," Carson said. 

Patenaude will officially transition out of her role as deputy secretary in January, NBC News reported. The news network, citing a senior HUD official speaking on background, noted that Administration Commissioner Brian Montgomery will serve as acting deputy secretary at the agency. 

Patenaude ran operations at the agency since being confirmed in September 2017. She played an important role in HUD's efforts to assist recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. 

She managed the effort to distribute rebuilding funds in Puerto Rico, according to NBC News. She received high praise for her work from Puerto Rican officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

"The entire nation loses one its finest, most transparent and passionate public servants," Rosselló tweeted shortly after Patenaude announced her resignation. "On behalf of everyone in Puerto Rico, I want to thank you for your friendship, tireless work, commitment and guidance."