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Friday
Jan252013

Obama to Name Denis McDonough as His New Chief of Staff

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday will introduce Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff, according to a White House official.

The president will make the announcement at 12:10 p.m. ET in the East Room of the White House.

McDonough will replace Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.  If confirmed by the Senate, Lew will replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the longest-serving member of Obama's economic team.

McDonough has been a top Obama foreign policy advisor since the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign.  He is one of those seen in the White House photo watching the Osama bin Laden raid unfold from the Situation Room with the president and his senior national security advisors.

For those counting, McDonough would be Obama’s fifth chief of staff.  Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daly, Pete Rouse (interim) and Jack Lew all served in the same position.

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