McDonough to be Obama’s next chief of staff

2013_01_denismc Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough briefs President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 28, 2011. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama’s has named National Security advisor Denis McDonough his next chief of staff.

The 43 year-old McDonough will replace Jack Lew who has been nominated to lead the Treasury Department.


McDonough has been a foreign policy and national security advisor to Obama for almost a decade.

The move will start a domino effect among White House high-level staff as Obama also announced the following White House personnel announcement:

  • Rob Nabors – Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy
  • Antony Blinken – Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Danielle Gray – Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
  • Katy Kale – Assistant to the President for Management and Administration
  • Lisa Monaco – Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Jennifer Palmieri – Assistant to the President and Communications Director
  • Dan Pfeiffer – Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
  • Miguel Rodriguez –Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs
  • David Simas – Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

Said Obama, “The challenges we face as a country, from rebuilding middle class security to strengthening our national security are complicated, and require thoughtful, comprehensive solutions.  That’s why I am proud to announce a team with the deep expertise necessary to move our country forward.  From growing the economy and shrinking our deficits, to keeping our country safe and addressing the dangers of climate change, these are people who will not rest until we get the job done. Led by Denis, this team is an extraordinary group of talented individuals with whom I will be honored to work.”

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