DES MOINES — Former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach is resigning as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Leach announced Wednesday in a press release that he would leave the position he has held since August 2009. He had served as a Republican congressman for eastern Iowa from 1977 to 2007, when he lost to Democrat Dave Loebsack.
After his election loss, Leach held positions at Princeton University and Harvard University.
The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in areas including history, literature and philosophy.
Leach is the ninth chairman of the organization, which was created in 1965. His resignation is effective the first week in May.
Deputy Chairwoman Carole Watson will head the endowment until President Barack Obama nominates a replacement, who must be confirmed by the Senate. — AP
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