William M. Daley

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The Honorable
William M. Daley
William M. Daley official portrait.jpg
Daley on the west colonnade of the White House
25th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 13, 2011 – January 27, 2012
President Barack Obama
Deputy Alyssa Mastromonaco
Nancy-Ann DeParle
Preceded by Pete Rouse (Acting)
Succeeded by Jack Lew
32nd United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 30, 1997 – July 19, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Mickey Kantor
Succeeded by Norman Mineta
Personal details
Born William Michael Daley
(1948-08-09) August 9, 1948 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bernadette Keller
Alma mater Loyola University, Chicago
John Marshall Law School

William Michael "Bill" Daley (born August 9, 1948) is an American lawyer and former banker.[1] He served as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama from January 2011 to January 2012. He also served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997 to 2000 under President Bill Clinton. His private-sector positions included membership on the Executive Committee of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Until dropping out of the race on September 16, 2013, he was a candidate for Illinois Governor.

Early life and education

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the seventh and youngest child of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley. He is the brother of former Illinois legislator John P. Daley and former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.

He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in 1966, with a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School.[2] Daley later accepted an honorary Doctor of Law degree from John Marshall Law School. Except for a period from 1977 to 1980, during which time he sat on the Advisory Council of Economic Opportunity, he practiced law privately with the firm Daley and George.

Professional career

He became associated with Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, where he was first vice chairman (1989–1990) and then president and chief operating officer (1990–1993). Daley returned to the practice of law, as a partner with the firm Mayer Brown (then Mayer, Brown & Platt) from 1993 to 1997.

Daley was appointed to the board of Fannie Mae in 1993 by President Bill Clinton,[3][4] serving until 1997.

In December 2001, following his service as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, he was appointed to a newly created position as President of SBC Communications to help reform the company's image.[5] In May 2004, Daley was appointed Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, following its acquisition of Bank One Corporation. In 2007, Daley was appointed as Head of Corporate Responsibility a position he held until 2010. In this position, he oversaw Chase's Global Philanthropy, Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Environmental Affairs and Social Finance.[6] Daley formerly served on the Board of Directors of Boeing, Merck & Co., Boston Properties, and Loyola University Chicago. He is currently a trustee of Northwestern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, he received the Chicago History Museum "Making History Award" for Distinction in Civic Leadership. In 2014 he joined Argentiere Capital as a Managing Partner.

Political career

Clinton administration

In 1993, he served as Special Counsel to the President on issues relating to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).[7] In 1997, Daley became U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the second Clinton administration, remaining at that post until July 2000.

Presidential politics

After he resigned as Commerce Secretary he became chairman of Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. He was portrayed in the HBO film Recount, about the Florida election recount of the 2000 presidential election, by actor Mitch Pileggi.

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Daley was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama. On November 5, 2008, Daley was named to the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.[8]

Obama administration

President Obama welcomes Daley (left) as the new Chief of Staff in January 2011.

On January 6, 2011 President Barack Obama named Daley as his next White House Chief of Staff, and he took office on January 13, 2011. Daley succeeded Rahm Emanuel, who served as Chief of Staff during the first two years of the President's term and left the position in October 2010 to run to succeed Daley's brother as Mayor of Chicago, and Pete Rouse, who was serving as the interim Chief of Staff.

In March 2011, speaking for the Obama administration on Meet the Press, Daley said the administration will consider using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if rising oil prices caused by Arab Spring threaten the U.S. economy. Daley said Obama "is very concerned; we're trying to look at all the possible options." He repeated the administration's stance that there is enough output capacity in the world to deal with any disruptions from Libya.[9]

Daley, upper center-right, standing with the U.S. national security team gathered in the Situation Room to monitor the progress of Operation Neptune Spear.

Daley was photographed in the White House Situation Room photograph taken on May 1, 2011 by Pete Souza. Later in May 2011, he was part of the Presidential State Visit to the United Kingdom. [10]

In October 2011, Daley said he planned to return home to Chicago after President Obama made it through his re-election. "I made a commitment to put the president through his re-election, which I'm confident he will do, and then my wife and I will be back in Chicago."[11]

On January 9, 2012, it was announced that Daley would resign as Obama's Chief of Staff.[12] Jacob Lew was announced as his successor.

Post Obama Administration

Just after the 2012 Presidential election, in the November 8, 2012 issue of the Chicago Tribune, Daley was reported as considering a run in the 2014 election for Governor of Illinois. Daley said "I've thought about it before and I don't take it off the table. I think right now, to be very frank with you, the last thing in the world anybody wants to hear about is a race that's two years down the road." Daley further was quoted as saying: "I'm not closing the door and, I know that sounds like a politician, but the fact of the matter is that these are tough days and I think there's a lot to be done by the Legislature. I don't think it helps right now for people to be out there saying they're going to run and they have a solution at this point. I think we've got to see what the Legislature does."

2014 Illinois gubernatorial campaign

On June 10, 2013, Daley announced via YouTube that he would launch an exploratory committee to run for Governor. On July 2, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Daley for Governor. On July 30, Daley filed documents declaring himself an official candidate to challenge incumbent Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in the 2014 Democratic Primary. On September 16, Daley made a surprise announcement that he was exiting the race for Illinois Governor due to the personal hardships inherent in running a campaign for elective office.[13]


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  2. "William M. Daley Commerce Secretary". Washington Post. December 15, 1999. Retrieved December 26, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. slate.com Fannie Mae and the Vast Bipartisan Conspiracy Jack Shafer, September 16, 2008
  4. Alter, Jonathan (January 7, 2011). "Bill Daley's Real Agenda: Obama's Reelection". Daily Beast. Retrieved January 9, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. New York Times, [1] Stephen Labaton, November 19, 2001
  6. jpmorgan.com [2]
  7. EXECUTIVE PROFILE: William M. Daley businessweek.com
  8. Sweet, Lynn (November 5, 2008). "Jarrett, Podesta, Rouse to lead Obama transition; Bill Daley co-chair". Chicago Sun-Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Daley Says U.S. to Consider Using Oil Reserves as Prices Rise With Turmoil. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
  10. "US State Visit, 24 to 26 May 2011 Guest List". Royal Family official website.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Cohn, Alicia M.. (October 11, 2011) "Daley plans to return to Chicago after election". The Hill'. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
  12. Parsons, Christi (January 9, 2012). "William Daley to step down as Obama's chief of staff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 7, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Pearson, Rick; Secter, Bob (September 16, 2013). "Bill Daley drops bid for governor". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 16, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mickey Kantor
United States Secretary of Commerce
Succeeded by
Norman Mineta
Preceded by
Pete Rouse
White House Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
Jack Lew