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Joshua Brewster Bolten


In office
April 14, 2006 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Deputy Joe Hagin
Blake Gottesman
Karl Rove
Joel Kaplan
Preceded by Andrew Card
Succeeded by Rahm Emanuel

In office
January 20, 2001 – June 2003
Serving with Joe Hagin
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Maria Echaveste
Succeeded by Harriet Miers

Born August 16, 1954 (1954-08-16) (age 55)
Political party Republican
Religion Jewish[1][2][3]

Joshua Brewster Bolten (born August 16, 1954) was the White House Chief of Staff serving U.S. President George W. Bush. Bolten replaced Andrew Card on April 14, 2006.

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Early history

Bolten's father, Seymour, worked for the CIA and his mother, Analouise, taught world history at George Washington University.[4] He graduated from St. Albans School, and served on the school's board until 2007.

Bolton attended Princeton University, where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and served as class president and president of The Ivy Club.[5] He graduated in 1976. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1980 and served as an editor of the law review.

Professional life

Formerly the Director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Bolten was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to that position in 2003. Bolten was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the White House from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as policy director for the 2000 George W. Bush Presidential campaign from 1999 to 2000 and as Executive Director for Legal and Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs in London from 1994 to 1999.[6]

He was general counsel to the Office of the United States Trade Representative for three years and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for one year during the administration of George H. W. Bush. Bolten is the second Jewish person appointed as White House Chief of Staff (Ken Duberstein, who held that post during the Reagan Administration, was the first).[1][2]

Bolten is sworn in as White House Chief of Staff by his Deputy Joe Hagin; his predecessor Andrew Card looks on.

Bolten was named as White House Chief of Staff to smooth relations with the United States Congress, and to reinvigorate the West Wing staff. He is credited with having assisted the President in recruiting Henry Paulson - the CEO of Goldman Sachs - to serve as Treasury Secretary, based on his former employment at the firm.[7] In addition, he recruited Tony Snow to work as White House Press Secretary, offered Rob Portman the opportunity to succeed him as OMB Director, and brought his OMB deputy Joel Kaplan in to the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.[8]

On June 13, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Bolten for documents related to the dismissal of U.S. attorneys[9]. The subpoena had a deadline of June 28.[10] On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee voted 22-17 to cite Bolten for contempt of Congress for his failure to produce the documents in response to its subpoena.[11] On Feb. 14, 2008, the full House of Representatives voted to cite him for contempt by a vote of 223-32. Many Republicans walked out of the chamber in protest, deriding the priorities of the speaker in calling the vote, as opposed to a vote on a surveillance bill.[12]

Bolten became the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in September 2009, teaching classes on the federal budget and international trade and financial regulation.[13]

Personal life

Joshua Bolten plays bass guitar in a band called the Compassionates and enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/28/ap/politics/mainD8GKSLRG1.shtml
  2. ^ a b Berger, Matthew (31 March 2006). "New chief of staff has strong Jewish identity". Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/28777/format/html/displaystory.html. Retrieved 2007-03-14.  
  3. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/28/AR2006082801451_pf.html
  4. ^ Birnbaum, Jeff (Summer 2004). "Yosh!". Stanford Lawyer. http://www.law.stanford.edu/publications/stanford_lawyer/issues/69/bolten.html.  
  5. ^ Cai, Angela (29 March 2006). "Bush names Bolten '76 chief of staff". Daily Princetonian Publishing Company, Inc.. http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2006/03/29/news/14966.shtml. Retrieved 2008-07-06.  
  6. ^ Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff
  7. ^ Gleckman, Howard (30 May 2006). "Paulson to the Rescue?". BusinessWeek. http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/may2006/nf20060530_1022.htm.  
  8. ^ Baker, Peter (17 June 2006). "White House Personnel Changes Complete". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/16/AR2006061601664.html.  
  9. ^ Original Text of the Subpoena, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, http://judiciary.house.gov/Media/PDFS/BoltenSubpoena070613.pdf
  10. ^ Perine, Keith (2007-06-28). "Bush, Congress in Legal Limbo Over Privilege". Congressional Quarterly. http://public.cq.com/docs/cqt/news110-000002542737.html. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  
  11. ^ Stout, David (2007-07-25). "Panel Holds Two Bush Aides in Contempt". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/25/washington/25cnd-contempt.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/washington/15contempt.html?hp
  13. ^ Princeton University (2009). Former Bush chief of staff Bolten to join Wilson School faculty. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  14. ^ "White House's Bolten shows "Born to be Wild" side". Reuters. June 16, 2006. http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=884602006. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mitch Daniels
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Served under: George W. Bush

2003–2006
Succeeded by
Rob Portman
Preceded by
Andrew Card
White House Chief of Staff
Served under: George W. Bush

April 14, 2006–January 20, 2009
Succeeded by
Rahm Emanuel
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Simple English

Joshua Brewster Bolten
File:Bolten


Incumbent
Assumed office 
April 14, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Andrew Card

Born August 16, 1954 (1954-08-16) (age 56)
Political party Republican
Religion Jewish

Joshua Brewster Bolten (born August 16, 1954) was the White House Chief of Staff serving U.S. President George W. Bush. Bolten replaced Andrew Card on April 14 2006.


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