Georgetown Law Alumnus Jacob "Jack" Lew (L'83) Nominated as Treasury Secretary
January 10, 2013 —
President Barack Obama has nominated White House Chief of Staff Jacob “Jack” Lew (L’83) to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Jack Lew,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “Jack’s leadership and distinguished achievements exemplify Georgetown Law’s commitment to public service.”
Admired by both parties for his budgetary prowess, Lew began his career in Washington in the 1970s. As a principal domestic policy adviser to Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., he served as assistant director and later executive director of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Lew was special assistant to President Clinton in 1993 and 1994 before joining the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He served as executive associate director, associate director for legislative affairs and deputy director before Clinton nominated him OMB director in 1998. He served in this capacity through the remainder of Clinton’s second term, and President Obama nominated him to this position again in 2010. Before returning to OMB, Lew was the chief operating officer at the State Department while serving as the first deputy secretary of state for management and resources.
In 2012, Obama named Lew White House Chief of Staff.