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John Podesta
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Counselor to the President
In office
January 1, 2014 – February 13, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Pete Rouse
Succeeded by Kellyanne Conway (2017)
Steve Bannon (2017)
(Senior Counselor & White House Chief Strategist)
Dina Powell (2017)
(Senior Counselor to the President for Economic Initiatives)
20th White House Chief of Staff
In office
October 20, 1998 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Erskine Bowles
Succeeded by Andy Card
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
In office
January 20, 1997 – October 20, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Evelyn Lieberman
Succeeded by Steve Ricchetti
White House Staff Secretary
In office
January 20, 1993 – June 30, 1995
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Phillip Brady
Succeeded by Todd Stern
Personal details
John David Podesta Jr.

(1949-01-08) January 8, 1949 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Mary Podesta
(m. 1978)
Children 3
Education Knox College (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

John David Podesta Jr. (born January 8, 1949) is an American political consultant. He was White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from October 20, 1998, until January 20, 2001, and as Counselor to President Barack Obama from January 1, 2014, until February 13, 2015.

He is the former president, and now Chair and Counselor, of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think tank in Washington, D.C. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Podesta was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

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