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Social Security Commissioner Gwendolyn King is resigning at the end of this month to become vice president of an electric utility, her spokesman said Tuesday

King has been Social Security commissioner since Aug. 1, 1989. She was confirmed to the post less than two weeks after her nomination by President Bush.She sent her letter of resignation to the president late last week, said Phil Gambino, a spokesman for King. Her resignation is effective Sept. 30, and she has accepted a job as vice president of Philadelphia Electric Co., Gambino said.

King has served in a variety of government jobs since the late 1970s, when she was an aide to the late Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., and then-Gov. Dick Thronburgh, who appointed her to run Pennsylvania's office in Washington. She also served as a deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988.

Her successor at Social Security has not been named. The next-ranking official there is Louis Enoff, a career employee who is now the principal deputy commissioner.