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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced the resignation of Garrett Graves, the chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Graves served as Jindal's coastal chief for the past six years. He plans to leave state government after his last day on Feb. 17.

'Garret is a fighter that doesn't take no for an answer, and he has gained respect from the Legislature, parish leaders as well as business and community leaders,' Jindal said. 'Garret has a strong passion for Louisiana and I know that he will have a very bright future.'

Jindal applauded Graves for streamlining the state's coastal program and improving the state's hurricane protection systems.

'This has been the best job ever and I would not trade these experiences for anything,' Graves said. 'It has been such an honor to work with so many good people in Louisiana that want nothing more than to learn from the mistakes of Hurricane Katrina and make our state more resilient. Serving on the CPRA has really been more like mission work than a job.

Jindal said Jerome Zeringue, the executive director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will replace Graves.

The administration didn't give a reason for Graves' resignation, and Graves said his future job plans are unclear

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