Jack Lew: U.S. Treasury Secretary
Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew, born on August 29, 1955, is an American Jewish government official who served as the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.
Lew's government service spans several administrations. He first served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2010 to 2012, a position he also held during the Clinton administration from 1998 to 2001. He was a central figure in shaping the administration's budget policy. From 2012 to 2013, he served as the White House Chief of Staff.
Jack Lew was born and raised in New York to a Jewish family, and he observes Jewish traditions. He graduated from Harvard University in 1978 and earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1983.
His career began in Washington in 1973 when he worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Joe Moakley until 1975. From 1979 to 1987, he served as a senior advisor for domestic policy matters to House Speaker Tip O'Neill. He also served on the Democratic Party's Policy and Steering Committee, initially as Deputy Director and later as its head. He worked as an aide to the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Trade.
Lew practiced law for about five years at the firm Van Ness, Feldman, and Curtis, specializing in electric power. Additionally, he worked at the Middle East Research Center. He served as the executive director for domestic and economic policy in the 1988 Democratic Party platform and as Deputy Director of the Office of Program Analysis in the Boston Office of Management and Budget.
From February 1993 to 1994, he served as a Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton. He was responsible for developing policy and was instrumental in the creation of the national service program, "AmeriCorps," and played a key role in healthcare reform legislation.
In October 1994, he left the White House to serve as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the U.S. Congress. From August 1995 to July 1998, he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget in Congress.
In this role, he managed a team of 500 staff members and had broad authority over budget coordination and allocations for the Clinton administration.
President Clinton appointed him as the head of the Office of Management and Budget, a position confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1998. In this role, Lew was responsible for overseeing the Clinton administration's budget and allocations.
As a member of the President's Cabinet and senior economic team, he advised the President on a wide range of domestic and international policy matters. He represented the Clinton administration in budget negotiations with Congress and was a key figure in the negotiations surrounding the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, demonstrating his ability to engage in patient and effective diplomacy.
After the Clinton administration, he served as a deputy dean at New York University and a professor at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. In June 2006, he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Citi Global Wealth Management. Following Barack Obama's election as President of the United States, he was selected as the Deputy Secretary of State in a transition period, with responsibility for the budget and management.
In July 2010, President Obama announced that he had selected Lew to replace Peter Orszag as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a nomination approved by the Senate in November.
Additional roles he has filled include membership on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board for the Brookings Institution, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is also a member of the Washington D.C. Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar. Jack Lew resides in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx in New York.
On January 10, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Lew as the Secretary of the Treasury. On February 27, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and the following day, he was sworn in and began his tenure.
In June 2014, he was chosen by "The Jerusalem Post" as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world.
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