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Joshua Bolten
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22nd White House Chief of Staff
In office
April 14, 2006 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Andrew Card
Succeeded by Rahm Emanuel
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
June 6, 2003 – April 14, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mitch Daniels
Succeeded by Rob Portman
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Maria Echaveste
Succeeded by Harriet Miers
White House Director of Legislative Affairs
In office
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Frederick McClure
Succeeded by Howard Paster
Personal details
Joshua Brewster Bolten

(1954-08-16) August 16, 1954 (age 67)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Kelly (2015–present)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Stanford University (JD)

Joshua Brewster "Josh" Bolten (born August 16, 1954) served as the White House Chief of Staff to U.S. President George W. Bush. Long time Republican Bolten replaced Andrew Card on April 14, 2006.

Early life

Bolten was born to a Jewish family, the son of Analouise (née Clissold) and Seymour Bolten. His father worked for the CIA and his mother taught world history at George Washington University. He graduated from St. Albans School, and served on the school's board until 2007.

Bolten 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. He graduated in 1976. He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1980 and served as an editor of the law review.

Professional life

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

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.

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 was the second Jewish person appointed as White House Chief of Staff (Ken Duberstein, who held that post during the Reagan Administration, was the first, and Rahm Emanuel, who held the post in the Obama administration, was the third).

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. 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 into the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.

Post-government career

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. In March 2010, Bolten was appointed a member of the board and co-chair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which has raised $36 million to date for immediate earthquake relief and long-term recovery efforts in the Caribbean country.

Personal life

Bolten plays bass guitar in a band called the Compassionates and enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle. In 2015, Bolten married Ann Kelly.

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