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President Obama’s head speechwriter, Jon Favreau, is leaving his job at the end of the month, possibly to pursue a career as a Hollywood screenwriter.

Mr. Favreau, 31, has been with Mr. Obama since he ran for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. He will be replaced by Cody Keenan, a Chicago native who helped to write Mr. Obama’s remarks after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut in December.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Obama said Mr. Favreau “has become a friend and a collaborator on virtually every major speech I’ve given in the Senate, on the campaign trail and in the White House.”

Mr. Keenan previously worked for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. He is helping to write the president’s State of the Union address, to be delivered on Feb. 12.

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