Stillwater native likely pick for White House post
Numerous reports indicate that former Stillwater resident Denis McDonough is President Obama’s likely choice for White House new chief of staff in the president’s second term.
Although several reports state that White House officials have cautioned that the final decisions has not yet been made, an announcement of Obama’s new chief of staff is expected in the next several days.
The 43-year-old McDonough currently serves as deputy national security adviser to Obama. If selected chief of staff, McDonough would replace Jacob J. Lew, who was recently nominated to head the Treasury Department.
McDonough is a Stillwater Area High School graduate and attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and earned a master’s of foreign service at Georgetown in Washington, D.C., in 1996. He is married with three children and currently lives in Tacoma Park, Md.
McDonough worked for former South Dakota Sen.Tom Daschle, handling foreign policy, before following the senator to the Center for American Progress in 2004. He joined Obama’s U.S. Senate staff in 2006 and was a key adviser during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
If selected, Mcdonough would be Obama’s fourth permanent chief of staff, following Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, and Lew. Other names that have been reported as being considered include Ronald Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore.