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2013 Finance & Economy

Treasury Department

Christian Weideman, Chief of Staff

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(Chet Susslin)

Weideman became Jacob Lew's new right-hand man in May, but he's no stranger to the department. He spent the previous three years as Treasury's deputy general counsel, and he worked closely with Lew during his confirmation process earlier in the year. Weideman will play a crucial role, offering senior-level management and guidance, as the administration negotiates with Congress on an array of financial issues such as tax reform, the U.S. debt ceiling, and European debt problems. He has been a presence in the Obama administration from the beginning. Weideman came to Treasury from the White House, where he started the day after the 2009 inauguration as an associate counsel to the president. "You have to be a little bit lucky, if not a lot lucky, to have one of these jobs," he told Stanford Lawyer magazine in 2010. "So you want to take full advantage of it. People work hard. They invest enormous amounts of themselves in their jobs—and for good reason." Weideman, 37, was a political adviser during Obama's 2008 campaign, helping with debate preparation and planning voter-protection efforts. From 2002 to 2009, he practiced law at Williams & Connolly. Weideman earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Stanford.

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